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

Within the programme on food and nutrition security, GIZ seeks to promote and strengthen female entrepreneurs in the city of Tanguiéta. <br/>Photo: ©GIZ/Klaus Wohlmann
Food security


The goals of the 2030 Agenda cannot be realised without bringing gender equality to the centre of development co-operation. Although women play a key role in food and nutrition security, only a small number of them have access to...more

Hospital partnerships are an ideal instrument for sharing know-how. Expertise on symptoms, therapeutic options, technologies can flow in both directions. <br>Photo: BMZ/Michael Nagel


Partners in strengthening health is an initiative to promote hospital partnerships started in 2016 by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, in cooperation with the Else Kröner-Fresenius...more



The German Agricultural Society (DLG) was a joint organiser of the Business Panel at this year’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which was duly opened by DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer. more



This year’s annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin looked at global use of water in agriculture. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH organised two expert panels, and participated in...more

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