Rural Development Program
The Rural Development Program is a six-year US$30 million program jointly funded
by the World Bank (lead donor), Australia, the European Union and the International
Fund for Agricultural Development.
Managed by the Ministry of Development Planning
and Aid Coordination, it has three components: build small-scale village infrastructure,
build capacity in the Agriculture Ministry and assist rural businesses with training
and finance. Australia is contributing A$1.7 million a year for the first five years
The program is raising the living standards of rural households by improving economic
and social infrastructure and services, as well as helping the Ministry of Agriculture
and Livestock to deliver advice and services to farmers. The program reports that
the percentage of villages with improved access to effective agricultural services
has gone from 2 per cent when the program started to 22 per cent in September 2010
with a target of 72 per cent in 2013.
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- Australia helped build 27 community projects such as village solar power, water
supply systems, market and community buildings, with 187 under construction and
a further 174 being planned.
- Ministry of Agriculture extension staff conducted 192 village visits to run rural
assessments which have been followed up with the implementation of 344 agricultural
and livestock training activities involving 11,228 farmers.
- Support to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock resulted in 22 per cent of
villages in Solomon Islands reporting improved access to effective agricultural
Implementation and Review
The following documents describe in more detail the Rural Development Program initiative*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses.
Find out more about the aid management
cycle and the documents you can expect to find.
*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.
Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013