The global initiative “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)” in cooperation with TH Köln – University of Applied Science is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). more

A dust storm during the dry season in Olkiramatian in the Kenyan Rift Valley.


During the United Nations COP21 climate conference in Paris, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) entered a strategic partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development...more



Access to quality seed and appropriate crop varieties as well as legal protection tools for commercial plant breeders and farmer breeders were at the centre of a GIZ expert talk on seeds and sustainable agriculture. more

Nearly all small farms in Ethiopia are rain fed. Drought or irregular rainfall can result in disastrous effect on harvests and farming families' well-being.
Climate change


Together with the other G7 countries, Germany is supporting the InsuResilience climate risk insurance initiative. At the Climate Change Conference in in Paris, France, the German Federal Government announced that it was providing...more

The UNCCD Conference took place in October in Ankara/Turkey.


At the 12th Conference of United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in October this year, the role of UNCCD in the context of sustainable land and soil management has been strengthened. Germany hosts the...more

Agritechnica presentend innovations, which enable processes to be part-automated that will give farmers the new opportunities they need to enhance efficiency and conserve resources.


The international trade fair for agricultural machinery once again proved to be the showcase of innovative agricultural technology worldwide.more

A contract farmer in Rwanda.


GIZ has launched the virtual Community Practice on contract farming, which offers an open space for broader exchange beyond borders.more

An award for the early adoption of solar photovoltaic solutions for irrigation in the production of horticulture in Zambia, Nepal and Honduras.


13 innovators that will collectively receive nearly 13 million USD in funding under the PAEGC Second Global Call for Innovations have been announced. more

Climate change


The Andean highlands of Peru are heavily affected by climate change. That is why the Swiss Development Cooperation is supporting a project in the country to secure the livelihoods of poor rural communities, and to strengthen...more



Agritechnica, the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment, will take place from 8 to 14 November at Hanover/Germany. Some 2,800 exhibitors from 52 countries will be presenting their new and further...more

Land governance


The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the World Bank signed a Declaration of Intent to establish a new Network of Excellence on...more

Wocat meeting
Land management


In June 2015, around 60 WOCAT members and stakeholders met in Feldafing, Germany, to discuss ways to promote sustainable land management.more



Green Gold, a project of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) aiming to ensure the sustainable management of grazing land in Mongolia, has been selected as an example of best practices in food security by Expo Milano 2015. It...more



The sixth Bonn Network meeting “Bioenergy for Development” was dedicated to the topic: “Access to energy with biomass – which type for which purpose?” The network was established in April 2012 to encourage an exchange on...more



Owing to the ecological and social problems it entails, but also because of the high share of GM seed, soy cultivation in South America is a controversial issue. At the ‘GMO-free Europe’ conference, GIZ held an event on the...more

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