MISEREOR is the German Catholic Bishops' organisation for overseas development cooperation. It is committed to the cause of the weak, the poor and disadvantaged - regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender. MISEREOR's support is designed to help people help themselves, promoting local self-reliance and preventing long-term dependence on aid. Fighting hunger and starvation and supporting rural development have been key areas of MISEREOR's work ever since its inception. In order to help improve essential socioeconomic framework conditions for the poor, MISEREOR's activities also include political advocacy work. MISEREOR thus strongly advocates human rights based international agriculture and trade policies.