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Rural development and agriculture

Land Management and Rural Economic Development (LM-RED)

In many developing countries, food security and the development of rural areas are constant challenges. Most people in poverty worldwide live in rural regions. With its long-term experience and comprehensive know-how, the German development cooperation offers regionally adapted strategies to sustainably secure the right to food and to turn rural development into a genuine driver of economic expansion.

We advise our partners on agricultural and rural development policy. Farmers and associations are integrated into decisions to the greatest extent possible and organisational deficiencies are managed. Only by taking these measures can disadvantaged people in rural areas receive access to land, water, loans and education. We work together with science and the private sector to develop strategies in order to enable growth in production and income in agriculture and the fishing sector that do not have a detrimental impact on the environment and biodiversity. At the same time, the aim is to develop the rural infrastructure and open up access to markets.

We help better utilise the existing potential in the region to unlock local opportunities created by the demand on national and international markets. Our advisers help partners optimise value chains and establish global standards for internationally traded products. We create opportunities to establish livelihoods in rural areas and offer long-term success with sustainable strategies.


  • Agrishare is an app for farmers who can rent locally available equipment in their areas from a combination of public and private rental services. Similar to Uber and AirBnB, Agrishare allows farmers and private businesses to conveniently market their services via their smartphone.

    For decades, small farmers in Africa and Asia have lacked access to important equipment and services to improve their productivity, their income and their ability to add value. Farming communities only have access to a small number of private and public production and processing services (rental). The disparity between supply and demand is great and, for those who own the equipment, the level of underutilisation of the systems is very high.