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Solomon Islands


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 (2008-2013).

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.

World Bank videos

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Rural farmers in Solomon Islands can now grow more

Cocoa is like money coming from the ground in the Solomon Islands

New bridges help rural communities in Solomon Islands to travel


heading foldResults to date

  • 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 services.


  Current Stage
Started 2008 Implementation and Review Completion 2013



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.

1. Policy & Direction Setting 2. Plan & Design 3. Implementation & Performance Management 4. Review & Evaluation

Australia–Solomon Islands Partnership for Development

Rural Development Quality at Entry (QAE) Report


*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