Rural community development is central to the commitment in Africa. The emphasis is on the right to land and food and on protecting human rights. HEKS/EPER supports smallholder families in building and maintaining more stable and better livelihoods through improved access to drinking water and land protection from land grabbing, natural resource preservation; the promotion of seed systems among smallholders; the use of ecological farming methods; and through disaster preparedness measures. The rights of smallholder families are strengthened, which enables them to enhance their food security, diversify their income streams and to be better protected against droughts and flooding. HEKS/EPER and its local partner organizations provide humanitarian aid in times of acute food crises or armed conflict. Resource scarcity leads repeatedly to conflicts, which is why HEKS/EPER promotes conflict prevention and resolution.