As part of the BMZ special initiative ‘One world – no hunger’ the global programme ‘Promoting nutrition-critical value chains in East Africa’ is underway in Kenya and Uganda. Together with local partners, it is supporting...more

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is looking back over a successful business year in 2016. However, this also shows the magnitude of future challenges.more



A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy for Food” was held for eight weeks in spring 2016. The revised course reader is now available as an online publication.more

Using the Plantix app in Tunisia. <br/> Photo: © GIZ/Nina Jantos


Digital information and communication technologies (ICT) are used by 81 per cent of the people living in Africa. This has opened up direct access to rural youth. GIZ is using ICT for numerous agricultural-advisory and...more

Farmers of Rice Fund Surin, Thailand, receiving the organic premium.<br/> Photo: © Helvetas


The Organic and Fair Trade Rice Project supports small rice farmers in India and Thailand in improving their livelihoods through organic farming practices and access to markets via a direct long-term partnership of HELVETAS with...more



Social protection instruments have gained popularity among policy responses to drought. At a panel discussion organised by the German Development Institute (DIE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),...more



The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development presented the Blue Action Fund and the ‘Save our mangroves’ initiative at the first UN Ocean Conference in New York. This is a further contribution by Germany...more



Information from project reports tend to make people invisible by using generic terms such as household, farmers, etc. The first question of interest to development actors is who exactly lives in a household. The second question...more

German exhibitors presented their ideas and products to the Zambian farmers and agricultural market actors at Agritech Expo Zambia. <br/> © Photo: DLG International


Agritech Expo Zambia, in which DLG International took part in April 2017, is a business event aimed to serve the needs of the entire agri-value chain in Zambia and its neighbouring countries.more

Rural development


In late April 2017, Germany’s Federal Development Ministry (BMZ) invited around 600 guests from 45 countries to the G20 Conference “One World – No Hunger. Future of the rural world” in Berlin. The meeting centred on creating jobs...more



A study conducted by Helvetas on the gender role in the rice value chain in Pakistan focuses on the question whether water-efficient rice production has effects on women workers.more



The future of humankind will be decided in rural areas. A productive and sustainable agri-food sector in rural areas of developing countries is vital if young people are to enjoy long-term jobs and income and natural resources...more



The BMZ’s strong policy focus on rural development is generating a number of concrete initiatives. Linked to the kick-off workshop of the “Rural Future Lab”, some hundred people, including – most importantly – a group of young...more



The German Agricultural Society (DLG) is now extending its Exhibition and Field Day Programmes to Asia as well. The first Agritechnica Asia took place in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok towards the end of March. Already for the...more

In northern India, the SDC encourages women to diversify the forest products they grow in order to cope with the climate change. <br/> Photo: © SDC


Women generally suffer more than men do from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. This observation leads the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to develop a targeted strategy of supporting projects...more

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