CARI is an international solidarity association which has been working with the rural populations around the Sahara since 1998. Its mission is to aid development by supporting smallholder agriculture as a defence against food crises and as a lever for development. Its actions aspire at combating desertification and land degradation in arid areas.
CARI leads actions on the ground with the rural populations and at the same time advocates internationally for the need for sustainable agriculture based on the principles of agroecology. This approach to development is aimed at the economy and autonomy of populations, in particular in rural and agricultural areas, by reconciling economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development.