Andreas Proksch, Head of Sector and Global Programmes Department at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), presented the 14 Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector that were set up in the context of the BMZ Special Initiative One World – No Hunger (SEWOH) in 13 African countries and in India. The Centres aim to enable farmers to increase productivity and to improve their business competencies – also through developing a total of 20 value chains by linking research and development and the facilitation of farmers’ self-organisation. To this end, the initiatives are working in close partnership with private German companies as well as international education and research institutions. “With the green innovation centres, we are not reinventing the wheel. Rather, the objective is the dissemination of locally adapted methods and technologies,” Proksch explained. For example, this refers to introducing drip irrigation in Burkina Faso, promoting the use of mobile phones in Togo or the mechanisation of agriculture in Ethiopia.

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