The German Agricultural Society (DLG) is currently conducting a comparative study on agricultural trends in management and technology in 13 countries world-wide.more

Alleviating hunger and ensuring equitable access to healthy and balanced nutrition are a major global challenge and a key issue for the SDC. Efforts in Niger show how Switzerland’s instruments of international cooperation are...more



“Harnessing the chances of digitalisation for rural development (ICT4Ag) - Lessons-learnt in German-funded rural development projects” is the name of a study compiled by GIZ. The study is a practical guideline for projects and...more

Food security


Under a commission for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) KfW Development Bank is financing small-scale agriculture in the North and South Kivu regions of the Democratic Republic of the...more



FAO is offering guidance on how to make the most of innovation and guard against water waste. In co-operation with GIZ, the organisation has developed a toolbox for solar-powered irrigation schemes.more



Under the Panii Jibon Project, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Bangladesh has piloted a water purification treatment called solar disinfection (SODIS). HELVETAS is planning to scale up the SODIS technique in coastal areas prone...more



The number of livestock in Mongolia has heavily increased. The SDC is supporting the sustainable use of pastureland, to improve animal health and the marketing of livestock products.more



A joint side event organised by Plan International Germany and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at the margins of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) stressed the need to...more

Social assistance programmes contribute among others to education for women and girls and develop a productive and social infrastructure. <br/> Photo: © giz/Jörg Böthling
Food security


Hunger and malnutrition is no longer discussed solely as a problem of food production but as a problem of structural poverty. Causes of hunger and malnutrition are multidimensional and cannot be tackled by a sector alone, shows a...more

Building bridges – Switzerland works to increase cooperation in the water sector – across borders and generations. <br/> Photo: © SDC


Water as a source of cooperation instead of conflict, access to clean drinking water, and involving the private sector in efforts for sustainable water resources management: these were Switzerland's priorities for the 2018 World...more



Hosted by HELVETAS, the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture in Mountain Areas took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, in February. The event aimed at bringing together various actors involved in nutrition...more



DLG International and fairtrade are entering into a strategic partnership for Africa. They will have a joint representation at the leading agricultural fairs in Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.more



Empowering rural populations to improve their productivity and real incomes in an equitable and environmentally friendly manner is a prerequisite for agricultural and rural transformation and inclusive growth in Africa. The...more

Climate change


The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has been hit hard by the impact of climate change. To help the local people to adapt to this new reality, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) is supporting the International Centre for Integrated...more



PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet shows how learning from success matters and is expanding to promote sustainable agriculture solutions. The latest theme “Agriculture and Biodiversity” was launched at COP23 in...more

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