Rural development and food security

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.). Amongst other, the company is an active member of a consortium contracted under Lot 1 “Rural development” of the EuropeAid Framework Contracts Beneficiaries [2014-2018].

Selected Project References

The EuropeAid Framework Contract Beneficiaries 2013 Lot 1: Rural Development

Technical Assistance in the conduct of a market basket survey for pesticide residues on agricultural produce in Trinidad and Tobago

Elaboration of quality control and certification procedures for planting material for roots and tubers, banana and fruit species, and training of staff to apply these procedures

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.

Selected Project References

Atlas de la vulnérabilité dans la Région du Guéra, Tchad

Technical Assistance to the Malian National Food Security System

Coordination of the future Belgian Fund for Food Security (FBSA) multi-stakeholder programme development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Support the implementation of a Food Security Information System (FSIS) in Chad

Evaluation of the Free Targeted Distribution (FTD) operation 2014 and its effects

Environmental and climate change issues are undoubtedly related to the problematics of rural development and food security. Therefore, integrate these themes in our overall thinking for finding sustainable solutions is essential.