Our ARD department’s wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary team of experts includes agronomists, agro-economists, sociologists, geographers, sector planners, and experts in territorial and institutional development. We are committed to providing our expertise in climate-smart agriculture, the introduction of digital agricultural services, sustainable soil & land management, participatory irrigation management, agricultural value chain development, food security and nutritional improvements, equitable rural development involving farmers, pastoralists, and agricultural services providers, while putting a strong emphasis on gender equality and the empowerment of rural youth.Learn more about our specialized knowledge and projects in the area of agriculture & rural development at this link.

Christian Rake

Christian Rake is the director of the Agriculture & Rural Development Department. He holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and his core expertise covers water and soil resources management, participatory irrigation development, delegated water management, capacity development and funds management. He has been a permanent staff member of GFA for 30 years and has served in different functions, i.e. several long-term assignments as expatriate team leader and countless short-term expert missions in Africa, MENA, Asia and the Balkans. He combines hands-on technical and managerial experience for implementing projects with sound knowledge of donor administrational procedures. He is fluent in German, French and English.

Astrid Lindenau

Astrid Lindenau is a portfolio manager in the Agriculture & Rural Development Department

Anke Schnoor

Anke Schnoor is a portfolio manager for Africa in the Agriculture & Rural Development Department where she is responsible for acquisition, project, study, and team management. As an agro-economist she is experienced in various areas of rural development. Since 1993 she has been a member of GFA and has served as team leader in projects and studies, primarily in Africa as well as in Yemen and China.


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