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The majority of the absolute poverty affects poor people of Africa which bulk of them live in rural areas, and are directly dependent on the interaction of countless social and biophysical factors for their livelihoods. The challenge of rural development is to assist the community build system resilience, the ability to absorb shocks and bounce back, or move to a new state, particularly now in the face of climate uncertainty.
Rural development is thus an interdisciplinary activity underpinned by knowledge and experience with;
- Soils, water, forests, fisheries and the bio-diversity that underpins these.
- Policies, governance, education, health, training and gender issues
- physical infrastructure; rural water supply, irrigation feeder roads and processing facilities
- value chain analysis; processing, marketing, logistics, technical services, credit and input supply.
Women often provide most rural labour on small farms, animal husbandry and often have the most interest in the long term future of their land and in capacity development of their families and yet are underrepresented in community decision making.
With more than 50% of the population now residing in cities, rural development has become the poor cousin of development although most food production in the world still comes from rural small farms. This may be changing as in recent times, the link between rural development and effective adaptation to and mitigation of the effects of human induced climatic change in rural areas has become increasingly obvious.
Our view is new investment in rural development can and will likely make a substantial contribution to reducing green house gases while improving livelihoods through carbon bio-sequestration. HAAN has always had a strong focus on rural development and its members have extensive experience in rural development in more than 25 countries in Africa region. More details are included here.
HAAN provides services with respect to the conduct of (feasibility) studies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and the provision of strategic advice and policy development related to international. development.
It conducts risk management evaluations and studies, particularly targeted assisting local and regional governments to prepare communities to reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters and risks to their natural resource base from various hazards including climate.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention.
Disasters often follow natural hazards. A disaster's severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment. The scale of the impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment. These choices relate to how we grow our food, where and how we build our homes, what kind of government we have, how our financial system works and even what we teach in schools. Each decision and action makes us more vulnerable to disasters - or more resilient to them.