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

“One World without hunger is possible – with fair purchasing and fair production” is the slogan of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at the International Green Week in Berlin. From the...more



How can women play a stronger role in the WASH sector? How to enhance their voice in planning and decision-making? And how can WASH be used as an entry point to gradually change the position of women in society? more

Organic mangoes are grown in Mali. A Public Private PArtnership project (PPP) set up with Morgenland in 2017 markets the mangoes in Germany. <br/> Photo: GIZ/Sven Bermig
Organic farming


The BMZ Green Innovation Centres in Africa and Asia are intended to promote primarily small-scale farmers, employment in rural areas and the innovative strength of farmers. Now, the ecological competence of the Innovation Centres...more



The second annual Regional Conference of the Green Innovation Centres of the Agriculture and Food sector focused on “Vision 2022: Working towards Innovation Systems for Rural Development”. Participants from the 15 countries...more

Conflicts between different herders in access to pastures and water holes  have to be carefully handled. <br/> Photo: Helvetas
Natural resources


The development organisation HELVETAS has compiled a fact sheet on natural resources and conflict.more



The German Agricultural Society (DLG) scored a new record level for the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad, bringing it a further step forward to its goal of internationalising what is the world’s largest agricultural...more

Rural mechanisation


Progress in agriculture would not be possible without agricultural machinery and mechanisation. Agritechnica, the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, held every two years by the German Agricultural Society...more

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