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

Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller presents the Marshall Plan with Africa in Berlin. <br/>Photo: BMZ, Michael Gottschalk/

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has presented a ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’ as part of Germany’s G20 Presidency in 2017 under which ‘Reform-oriented partner countries’ will receive greater support....more

A GIZ expert instructs a young woman how to use the smartphone app. <br/>Photo: GIZ


The Pacific Islands are particularly hard hit by climate change. Smartphone apps are helping people there to protect themselves from natural disasters.more



In many countries, smallholder farmers are not insured against the loss of food crops. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is focusing on insurance-based solutions to reduce exposure to disasters, particularly...more



African agriculture is very attractive for German businesses. Participants in the 2nd German-African Agribusiness Forum, also organised by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), discussed opportunities and challenges.more



The number of shocks and crises has been gradually increasing over the past decades. A good reason for the Berlin Global Learning Forum 2016 to focus on social protection systems adapted to economic and refugee-related shocks as...more

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) announced it is supporting developing countries on the path to sustainable energy production and seeking...more

Rural development


How can food and nutrition security benefit from social protection schemes such as cash transfers, public works and school feeding programmes, was in the focus of a GIZ workshop that took place in July in Eschborn/Germany. more

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