More about our development approach

Our "project" approach takes full consideration of the macro economic environment

The classical approach to aid in the development of NGOs has long been to meet the needs expressed only by local people and support their initiatives. In the agricultural and food sector, the approach NGOs, supported by donors, has almost exclusively focused on food crops projects, leaving private companies and companies of state control over the cultures of exports.

The double effect of globalization and liberalization policies have undermined these two approaches: today, if the expression of their needs by the people and support their initiatives are fundamental to any development strategy, it has become essential to compare these two approaches to sustainability criteria that take into account the macroeconomic environment and its constant evolution.

Force small farmers to subsistence agriculture faces competition with subsidized agricultural products in industrialized countries, and not to invest with them in export crops, it was doubly condemned to lasting poverty.

Finally, agricultural development and support to farmers’ organizations have often been seen by NGOs as "high priority" and an end in itself. In contrast, some developers have considered in the past, that the industrialization of a country was the top priority and could be realized almost independently of the overall development process.

Reflection conduct with our partners and the expertise gained on the regulation of international trade, the development aid policies, agricultural policies and food security, markets and product sectors (agricultural and industrial) have led us to adopt an approach adapted to new challenges.

Projects in the rural sector ...

Meet food challenges, energy, environmental and social development of agri-food chains favorable to the poor.

In a globalized economy, development strategies need to be rethought and realized by economically interdependent and environmentally sustainable projects. In a systemic approach, RONGEAD conducts operational diagnostics crossing local constraints and international opportunities to define support programs for modular courses and responsive. Field activities are interdisciplinary and aimed at strengthening economic performance, social and environmental sectors.

Our role:

  •  We encourage and assist small farmers to invest also in export crops when the opportunities are promising.
  •  We invest in agriculture and rural areas because the population is
  •  predominantly rural in most developing countries, but knowing that agriculture ultimately represent less opportunity for jobs and income that they are generated by the industrial sector and especially in services.
  •  Our role as European NGOs is to help rural organizations and people in general to make such changes.

In the field:

  • To accompany these changes, our approach is, among others, to support an internationally oriented agriculture and local processing.
  • This means primarily agriculture, which, through sustainable land management and the pursuit of quality, preparing for compliance with international standards (SPS, technical, environmental).
  • It also means supporting the processing of products, which requires more stringent social and economic organization due to larger and more collective investments. It also means taking greater account of environmental externalities and energy needs generated by these activities
  • The improvement in income and living standards, the acquisition of know-how to "govern" the increasingly complex development programs contribute significantly to the emergence of professional groups and communities able to communicate and negotiate with the authorities in defining development strategies and public policies.

Our projects are conducted according to the Project Cycle Management method

RONGEAD and approach Bilan Carbone: RONGEAD Bilan Carbone applies the approach developed by ADEME to assess the environmental effectiveness of its interventions on projects (field activities, missions, communications). The tool Bilan Carbone is also applied to the scale of industries promoted by the project, as a decision support tool. We try and instill within the limit of the operating range of projects, more efficient environmental practices across agricultural value chains for example.

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