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

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

GIZ can now apply for financing from the Green Climate Fund for projects with a total volume of up to USD 250 million.more

For the sixth time, DLG is hosting the Sino-German BioEnergy Annual Conference in Jinan, Province Shandong. The Conference in mid-October is part of the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ), which was founded by the German...more



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

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