NRI's development programmes address significant developmental challenges and opportunities arising from global trends, emergent policy issues, capacity limitations and problems in the sectors and countries in which we work. The institute aims to contribute to enhanced livelihoods and poverty reduction in some of the world's poorest countries.

Their knowledge and experience are applied to bring about improvements in food security, sustainable agricultural productivity and natural resource management, market access and income generation. They assist local organisations in strategy and skills development and use the results of their work to inform policy processes and debates. The programmes draw on the interdisciplinary strengths of NRI working in collaboration with a broad range of partners and include: