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  • A farmer field school meeting, Seguetiele, Côte d'Ivoire.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Rice farmers in Lindi, Tanzania.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Village organisation in Tanzania.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Community-Based Saving Groups in Mozambique.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • A rice farming programme in Sofia Region, Madagascar.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Rural development - Overview

The AKF Rural Support Programmes (AKRPs) are founded on the principle that communities can take ownership of their own development through the establishment and good governance of representative village organisations (VOs). The first Rural Support Programme (RSP) was established in the Northern Areas of Pakistan in 1983.  Since then, the model has been adapted and replicated in many other contexts. AKF rural development interventions now reach over 8 million people living in remote and often marginalised areas in Central and South Asia and East and West Africa.