Supporting rural development

We are helping to improve the prospects of people living in rural regions

The rural areas of the emerging economies and developing countries have a key role to play in achieving food security worldwide. This is where most of the poor live, and where hunger is most widespread and malnutrition most severe. Together with our partner countries we are working to make rural regions into areas that are viable, attractive and sustainable. Our activities there focus on supporting small farmers. It is important that as much further processing of food crops as possible is done in rural regions. In this way, we are able to help create employment and income opportunities outside actual farming. In order to develop rural regions successfully, it is important to improve the infrastructure there by building schools, health posts and roads, and by upgrading power and water supplies. These are the projects that we support.

Abebech Mideksam, beekeeper in Ethiopia

Abebech Mideksam has taken a course in modern beekeeping, which was funded with the help of a German development cooperation programme.

Mideksam says: "I am a beekeeper, just like my father was. There is a long tradition of beekeeping in Ethiopia, but that doesn't mean the methods of doing so are old-fashioned. Even here in the countryside, we are able to keep pace with new trends like the use of modern smokers. As a result of employing these modern devices, our honey no longer smells of manure, as it used to. Besides learning the technical skills, I also took special courses which taught me everything I need to know about running a business, for example how to make top-quality honey while at the same time increasing my profit margin. I am now passing on the tricks and techniques of modern beekeeping to my father and the other beekeepers."