Editorial Ausgabe 1

New ideas against hunger

Shepherds become entepreneurs, aid workers coordinate their projects via satellites, drones sow millet: people all around the word fight against hunger. Our magazine collects their ideas and experiences.

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Der ehemalige Bundesumweltminister Klaus Töpfer (CDU) ©Patrick Seeger/dpa

How innovations are born

By Klaus Töpfer and Alexander Müller

Production of 95 per cent of all food is based on soil. Yet soils everywhere are under threat. We illustrate the role of development cooperation by considering soil.

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The farmes themselves are the benchmark

By Andreas Quiring

Strong farmes are the key to a self-determined, sustainable development. Social innovations can help make the farmers’ actual needs the benchmark.

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No rainforest for our consumption

By Jenny Walther-Thoß

In the tropics rainforests are still being felled for the production of palm oil, meat and furniture. It is high time to act. Proposals are on the table.

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(c) Kate Holt / Africa Practice

Leveraging investment impacts

By Heike Baumüller, Christine Husmann, Julia Machovsky-Smid, Oliver Kirui, Justice Tambo

Any initiative whose aim is to reduce poverty in Africa should focus first on agriculture. But what kind of investment has the greatest impact? The use of scientific criteria provides some answers.

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"Poverty is sexist"

Interview with Stephan Exo-Kreischer

More rights for women are one solution in the struggle against extreme poverty and hunger, says Stephan Exo-Kreischer, Director of ONE Germany. The organisation specialises in political campaigning as a lever for change.

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(c) Thomas Lohnes / Brot für die Welt

The hype about urban gardening: farmers or hobby gardeners?

By Stig Tanzmann

Urban gardening is becoming increasingly popular in northern metropoles. People who consider themselves part of a green movement are establishing productive gardens in the city, for example on rooftops or in vacant lots. In severely impoverished regions of the global South, urban agriculture is a component of the food strategy.

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©WFP/Rein Skullerud

Revolutionising Humanitarian Aid

By Ralf Südhoff

Financial innovations can prevent a crisis turning into a catastrophe. The livelihoods of people in affected areas may well depend on intervention before a crisis – and on risk funds.

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The Digitilization of Farming

By Christiane Grefe

Sensors on the seed drill, satellite-guided tractors, farmers with tablets – digitalisation is increasingly impacting on the farming sector. Can it contribute to food security?

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Doing More With Less

By Jochen Moninger

Innovation is the only way to end hunger worldwide by the deadline we have set ourselves. The secret lies in networking and sharing ideas – and several initiatives are already leading by example.

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