In order to effectively address the process of rural transformation, a higher level of policy coherence between the desired overall development path and agriculture, food security and nutrition will be required. Special attention will have to be paid to link sectors like basic services (energy, infrastructure etc.) with economic opportunities within and outside agriculture. Moreover, inclusive transformation can only be shaped successfully when associated with the establishment of multi-level governance structures that support and manage social, environmental and economic development in an appropriate equilibrium and thrive for inclusiveness.
The action fields below address challenges (or “need for action”) and present opportunities that arise for the rural space in the light of ongoing rural transformation processes. It is obvious that these action fields are and cannot be new and are addressed already by partners and donors. These action fields were listed here based on the hypothesis that shaping rural transformation processes requires interventions and corresponding approaches that go beyond the “traditional” sectoral action fields of agricultural and rural development programming, looking at Agenda 2030 and the requirements to achieve sustainable development. A phased approach needs to be taken and the action fields below should provide only some food for thought to establish a more comprehensive development agenda for the rural space.
Developing adequate policy solutions in a phased approach based on available capacity and finance can be thought of as “ARD+” whereby the plus stands for policy fields that are intrinsically linked to agricultural policies and that have potential synergies that should be exploited to achieve the kind of multi-sectoral and holistic approaches that are needed to address the challenges developing rural areas in the light of rural transformation processes.