Experience gathered by a multi-stakeholder initiative to increase water productivity in smallholder rice and cotton production in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan has been summarised in a factsheet by HELVETAS Swiss...more

Climate change


HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation has summarised the most important information on how agriculture is dealing with climate change and experience with its corresponding projects in a factsheet.more

The rice farmers in the Lofa county are willing to produce more on the promising lowlands.


Liberia is a resource-rich country. However, it is food insecure and produces only half of its annual rice demand. A recent evaluation shows that Liberia could produce more rice than needed provided that lowland rice production...more

Africa is a focal area of the Ministry’s long-term development co-operation activities.

The German Government has raised the budget for the Development Ministry. The additional funding is to be spent largely on reconstruction and rehabilitation in crisis areas. more



At a time when a growing world population needs to be fed on limited resources in a changing climate, the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biological diversity gains utmost importance. more



The study “Use of ICT for Agriculture in GIZ projects – Status quo, opportunities and challenges” is now available for download. The document serves as an introduction and a practical guideline for projects and planning officers...more

The participants at the first Sino-German Agribusiness Forum in Beijing.<br />Photo: © DLG

The German Agricultural Society (DLG) hosted the first Sino-German Agribusiness Forum in Beijing in April. The 100 high-level experts exchanged information on the German and Chines agricultural machineries markets.more



HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation have summarised experience gathered in the course of their several year-long Rural Development Livelihood Development Programme in Tanzania in a number of learning documents.more



Agricultural development needs financial support and the finance sector wants to enter the agricultural sector. Both sectors still struggle to meet halfway and search for new strategies to overcome traditional resentments. The...more



Farmers in drug crop cultivation regions are caught in a vicious circle. They work in remote areas and are often dependent on criminal networks. It is also difficult to quit the cultivation of illicit drug crops as there are no...more



Two leading exhibition organisers in livestock and agricultural machinery, DLG International and VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, have announced a joint-venture agreement to launch a new exhibition, AGRITECHNICA ASIA, to take place...more



The giz-supported Ecochavos project in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Orientale seeks to raise environmental awareness in a region that is one day to become a vast ecological corridor.more

Coffee production in Vietnam heavily relies on irrigation.<br/>Photo: DEZA


A public-private development partnership between Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Nestlé in Vietnam illustrates that saving water isn’t just sustainable – it’s also profitablemore

Through the Cashew Initiative the trained smallholders could raise their income by 120 USD per year. <br/>Photo: Erik Cleves Kristensen (flickr)


The "African Cashew Initiative" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has won this year’s OECD-DAC prize. The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic...more

More than 1,400 participants gathered at this year’s Conference on Land and Poverty.


At the recently held Conference on Land and Poverty, the central focus lay on the importance of women’s land rights as well as the relevance of fostering secure access to land rights for all. The German Federal Ministry for...more

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