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Rural Areas

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 24 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many days on average his Department’s professional staff worked in rural areas in the last 12 months period for which information is available. (281792)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has around 277 professional advisers posted in developing countries. The majority of our overseas staff are deliberately based in capitals, to facilitate our discussions with host governments, donors, and non-governmental organisations, including agricultural and rural sector reform. Staff regularly travel to rural areas, but we do not collate information on such visits.