Rural & Agricultural Development

According to more recent estimates, rural population accounts for 3.39 Billion people in the word (Word Bank, 2016) and agriculture itself has an added value to the economy of around 3.78 % of GDP (Word Bank, 2015). The close relation between agriculture and rural population demands increasing attention, due also to the raise in the vulnerability of rural community’s face to climate change, economic crisis and political conflicts. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to find solutions to new challenges especially in low and lower middle-income countries.

Agriculture and in particular sustainable agriculture, contributes to the well-being of populations, providing food security and employment for men and women and significantly affecting the landscape and the environment. Rural economies are continuously dealing with major issues, such as constraints on productivity, adaptation to climate change, preservation of resources and environments.

impactfulAID believes in theeffective management of the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of the agricultural sectors via innovation and cooperation,which is essential in sustaining rural communities and developing best practices. In particular, throughout ad hoc projects in rural areas, we encourage to estimate a better balance between costs and benefits of technology adoption throughout the supply chains. Promotion of capacity building activities and fair access to funds should be guaranteed through specific instruments, and information sharing and consultation need to be enhanced between the various actors and stakeholders involved. Additional relevance should be given to the validation of a risk management index,whichcould be relevant in assessing economic risks and benefits and preventing rural communities from criticism in the adoption of new agricultural policies and technologies.

In our community-based analysis, we found that limited financial support in rural areas often leads to a deficiency in finalizing projects and activities, so we suggest to promote a correct mapping of financial instruments and possibilities in order toguarantee a higher success rate in projects.