In one of the most important policy fields in development cooperation, rural development, German NGOs are not maintaining a convincing discourse, our author claims. Why the African continent isn’t benefiting from Western...more

Family Farming

05.07.2019

This year opens the Decade of Family Farming, which aims to improve the life of family farmers around the world. In an earnest discussion, two leaders in the global agriculture community reflect on the challenges facing family...more

Distasters

26.04.2019

Ethiopia has to cope with humanitarian crises year after year. Sophie Gebreyes, Country Director of the Lutheran World Federation, calls for a better link between disaster risk reduction concepts and emergency response to help...more

Land governance

18.04.2019

Land rights form the base of land management in the world and pave the way to a sustainable or unsustainable land use. In the context of the World Bank’s land and poverty conference, which took place in March 2019, our author...more

Digitisation

11.12.2018

Mobile services and smartphone apps, so-called m-services, can help to empower farmers with information and access to services and markets. But we should not neglect looking at their downsides. Strengthening farmers requires far...more

Gender

04.09.2018

Feminism, food sovereignty and agroecology are inextricably linked for the Brazilian feminist organisation SOF – Sempreviva Organizacão Feminista. We wanted Miriam Nobre, SOF Co-ordinator for the Ribeira Valley, a region in the...more

Gender

04.09.2018

In June 2017, Canada launched its Feminist International Assistance Policy. Canada's Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, explains what her country seeks to achieve with it and why we cannot afford to leave...more

Agroecology

25.06.2018

Given the well-documented advantages of agro-ecological systems both for human beings and for the environment, they should really have found much swifter and more comprehensive application than has been the case. Our author does...more

Agroecology

25.06.2018

Civil society organisations throughout Africa are campaigning for agroecologial and indigenous approaches to maintain food sovereignty. But their umbrella organisation, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), warns...more

Agroecology

25.06.2018

In both developed and developing countries, policy stakeholders are tussling with the question of whether to promote agroecological intensification or sustainable agricultural intensification to deal with the multiple burden of a...more

Youth

15.09.2017

Mr Beger, the German Development Ministry put the topic of “Rural Youth Employment” on the G20 Agenda. How happy are you with the results of the Hamburg Summit?The adoption of the G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment is a...more

Youth

15.09.2017

The Malian consultancy company Live Your Dream seeks to promote young people’s participation in all areas of public and business life. With courses and coaching programmes, enterprise founder Alfousseni Sidibe wants to provide...more

Youth

15.09.2017

Samadi Rutherford runs a small agropastoral and fish farm in northern Benin. The AgriSam company he has founded specialises in the production and sale of animal feed, but is also a start-up centre for young agricultural...more

Youth

15.09.2017

Founded in 2014, the Zambian company Good Nature Agro has set itself the goal of making the income of local smallholders sustainable. Local community leaders are trained as private extension agents who train farmers in improved...more

Youth

15.09.2017

In the “Business Space”, “Promotional Space” and “Learning Space” of the African Coworkers business association in Lomé, Togo, young entrepreneurs can receive clients, engage in marketing and join further training programmes....more

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