We believe that rural development should strive to improve the living conditions of rural communities while integrating economic and social elements.
As a contribution to that aim, the Rural development and food security team is mobilising its extended network of experts in several thematic areas (e.g. agricultural and animal production, forestry, land management, value chain, farmers’ organisation), providing technical expertise to specific clients (EU, DGD – Belgium, BTC, WFP etc.).
Prospect C&S acknowledges that rural development enhances the agricultural potential of a given territory for achieving sustainable socio-economic development, which contributes to food security.
We recognise that rural populations facing chronic vulnerability, as it is the case in many sub-Saharan countries, require a food security approach, based on multidisciplinary methods, that seeks to strengthen each of the four pillars (i.e. availability, accessibility, stability, utilization).
Our main interests focus on two specific domains:
- food and nutrition security crisis prevention and particularly food security information systems;
- design and support to strategies aiming to build resilience of rural vulnerable populations.
Prospect C&S’ staff includes experts in food security, providing backstopping support to field staff working on different assignments in partnership with specialised institutions and NGOs such as: AEDES, IRAM, OXFAM.
Environmental and climate change issues are undoubtedly related to rural development and food security issues. Therefore, integrate these themes in our overall thinking for finding sustainable solutions is essential.