ADA has carried out a wide variety of studies related to rural development for numerous projects. Our work in sustainable rural development involves capacity building, improved food security and livelihoods. Rural development projects are often complex because of the large number of objectives, as well as for the numerous measurements and types activities involved. For most projects, rural development is closely and organically connected to other sectors of agriculture, such as crop and livestock production, rural infrastructure, fish farming, and as well to other social and environmental aspects. ADA is very familiar with this comprehensive and multisectoral approach, used primarily in the planning phase of projects, when the goal is to trace the main axes of development and to develop the components that will allow the project to achieve and to assess their impacts.
Through a participatory approach, our experts always work closely with rural communities and other stakeholders to identify needs and technical, socio-economic and institutional improvements to be implemented.
Depending on the specific nature of each project, our studies focus on the economic aspects, particularly agriculture, on a regional scale and with a focus on the results, interactions and consequences of resource management and basic infrastructure.
In later phases of projects, studies focus on the planned components up to their implementation. Our experience in integrated rural development is illustrated by our participation in several projects, including:
- PADRO – Project in Support of the Rural Development of Oueme (Benin)
- PADSA – Support Program for the Development of Benin’s Agricultural Sector
- Land Management in agro-ecological zones of the Middle Bani-Niger Basin (Mali)
- Direct Support to Private Initiatives in agriculture for rural areas (Burkina Faso)
- Plan for Livestock Value Chain Studies for milk-beef (pasture, fodder crops, income-generating activities for women in Rwanda).