RIDEP works with rural communities in the Tharaka District of Kenya in order to improve their food and livelihood security. RIDEP carries out this work by reviving ecological agricultural practices amongst communities and by encouraging and enabling communities to make the most of indigenous crop varieties available to them.

RIDEP main focus includes building the capacity of rural communities in order to improve food production; promoting environment and cultural biodiversity conservation including seed security; promoting the principles and practices of sustainable organic agriculture and promoting natural resource management through environmental protection and conservation and use of renewable energy.