Food security


Thanks to innovative technologies, families living in semi-arid regions in northern Ethiopia manage to harvest despite less rainfall. Helvetas projects focus on sustainable watershed management, improved agricultural production...more



DLG-Agrifuture Insights supplies essential information for agribusiness and farmers from the world’s most important agricultural regions. Recent studies on Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia offer detailed information on...more



As part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting pilot projects to promote women in agricultural vocational training on the...more



World-wide, girls and women are underrepresented regarding the use and production of digital media. This applies in particular to the rural regions. The GIZ Digital Innovation Factory is to contribute to enabling equal...more



ProENERGIE, a new German-Togolese project, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports...more

Developing urban and rural areas sustainably – two of Switzerland’s priorities in Africa – were at the focus of the SDC’s Annual Conference in Berne/Switzerland last June.more



The German Federal Government is renewing its financial support for global environmental protection via the Global Environment Facility (GEF). At a conference in May, Secretary of State Norbert Barthle stressed the responsibility...more

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invited the German partners of the Green Innovation Centres (GIAE) to Bonn/Germany for a network meeting on the 7th and 8th June that focused on sharing...more



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

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