PICOTEAM is a network-organisation with nodes in Africa, Latin America and Europe
that supports efforts to bring about change and innovations for sustainable development.
Focal Area 7
Making decentralised agricultural and rural services relevant, effective and efficient
Services in rural areas, in particular for agriculture, have undergone dramatic changes in the past decade. Policies have moved from a state-dominated service provision to decentralisation, pluralism and reduction of the state to its core functions. This gives space for new concepts and approaches, involvement of new actors and new institutional arrangements. However, quality services for the rural poor are still a huge challenge. Thus, this focal area addresses the renewal of rural service systems at all levels to make them relevant for rural populations as well as for becoming effective and efficient in delivery and management. It looks at the systems as a whole, from the demand side to the supply side and policy side as only an integrated approach results in sustainable service provision.