Are you implementing a rural development project? Improving rural livelihoods, increasing food security and promoting the sustainable management of resources are the core goals of our Natural Resources and Rural Development Department.

We have been helping clients for over 30 years - providing technical assistance and advisory services, and enabling communities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Near/Middle East.

How we help you deliver high quality services

  • We have a thorough knowledge of agricultural, forest and land management approaches and technologies.
  • We have decades of practical experience in diversifying rural economies, strengthening rural livelihoods, and developing community-based and gender-sensitive rural infrastructure.

Sustainable land and natural resource management systems that improve agricultural productivity, conservation of ecosystem functions and enhance the livelihoods of rural families

Our advisory and support services focus on the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources to improve livelihoods and conserve agro-diversity and biodiversity. Our experts bring a broad range of skills and experience to your projects, helping you:

  • transform crop, livestock and irrigation sectors into efficiently managed, highly productive systems that are sustainable
  • reduce rural poverty by combining livelihood development with natural resources management and biodiversity conservation
  • promote integrated watershed management and desertification control by means of participatory forest, land and water management planning based on sustainable land use principles
  • adapt agriculture, forestry and land management systems to climate change.

Who we are

Natural Resources & Rural Development services are delivered to public and private clients through partner company:


is a BIHSE company based in Cologne, Germany. GITEC has been coordinating multidisciplinary expertise for sustainable development projects carried out by ministries, administrations and other governmental organisations for close to 20 years. You can read more about GITEC's activities here.



Rural Development

  • Livelihood Development
  • Farmer Organizations and Village Institutions
  • Social and Rural Infrastructure
  • Food Security and Poverty Alleviation
  • Rural Finance


  • Crop diversification and raising productivity in rainfed and irrigated agriculture
  • Value chain development
  • Participatory irrigation and water resources management
  • Agricultural support services and marketing
  • Adaptation of agriculture to climate change


  • Assessment and economics of forest resources
  • Afforestation, reforestation and forest rehabilitation
  • Natural forest management
  • Sustainable and participatory forest management
  • Social and community-based forestry
  • Conservation forestry including protected area management
  • Forest governance

Natural resource management and Environment

  • Participatory land use planning and natural resource management
  • Land Managementand landscape approach
  • Integrated watershed management
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Desertification Control
  • Building resilience for adaptation to climate change
  • Environmental and natural resource economics
  • National and regional biodiversity conservation strategies