Innovation Challenge Finals

The finals of the Innovation Challenge “Advisory for Agroecology” took place on 17 May - 2022 featuring six innovations in advisory that provided the basis for a discussion on how to bridge the gap between science and practice. The recording of the event is available below.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a globally active provider of international cooperation for sustainable development. It has more than 50 years of experience in a wide range of fields.  

Although the relevance of agroecological farm and management approaches for achieving sustainable development goals is widely acknowledged, a gap persists regarding their implementation. Agroecological approaches require the co-creation of knowledge and exchange at eye level between scientist, extensionists and farmers. But how to achieve this goal?


The jury selected six semi-finalists who have worked hard over the past weeks and months to proof their concepts. In our final, representatives from science, advisories, and farming came together to reflect on their approaches, especially with regards to bridging the gap between science and practice. Last but certainly not least, the winners of the challenge were announced.



The event is part of the Fonds für Agrarpolitische Beratung und Innovation (FABI) and is organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationalen Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Final of the Innovation Challenge and Panel Discussion

03:00 pm



  • Judith Wassmann
    Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
03:05 pm

Kick-off: Advancing Agroecology - the German Development Cooperation Perspective

  • Sebastian Lesch
    Head of Division “Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains, International Agricultural Policy, Agriculture, Rural Development, Innovation”,
    Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
03:10 pm

Advisory for Agroecology - Introduction to the Innovation Challenge and Presentation of the Semi-finalists


  • Till Rockenbauch (GIZ)

Jury Assessment:

  • Kristin Davis
    International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Maria Gerster-Bentaya
    University of Hohenheim
  • Hans Herren
    (Millennium Institute)
03:30 pm

Panel Discussion - How to Bridge the Science-Practice Gap?


  • Marcela Quintero
    Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Rasheed Sulaiman
    Center for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP)
  • Janet Maro
    Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)
  • Stefan Kachelriess-Matthess (GIZ)

Panel Moderation:

  • Abram Bicksler
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
04:10 pm Award Ceremony - Laudation of the Challenge Finalists

Jury Assessment:

  • Kristin Davis (IFPRI)
  • Maria Gerster-Bentaya (University of Hohenheim)
  • Hans Herren (Millennium Institute)
04:25 pm

Wrap-up & Outlook

  • Evelin Ayadi-Krenzer (GIZ)
04:30 pm Closing


The Panelists

Marcela Quintero
Research Director, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

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Rasheed Sulaiman
Director, CRISP

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Janet Maro

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Abram Bicksler
Agricultural Officer, FAO

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Stefan Kachelriess-Matthess
Project Leader, GIZ

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