Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

A world without hunger is possible. With the "One World, No Hunger" initiative launched in 2014, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has given a new level of priority to this goal and provided substantial additional funding. Including the special initiative, the BMZ invests some 1.5 billion EUR annually in the areas of food supply and rural development.

 

The Federal Republic of Germany is committed to making a significant contribution to the realization of the right to food for all people. To this end, the BMZ is using the special initiative to build on existing commitments in our partner countries, is shaping international policy and is working together with various partners such as the churches, civil society organizations, business and science. The BMZ sees itself as a source of opportunity and supports local people's commitment, for example, through scholarships, training and education programs.

 

 The fight against hunger and malnutrition has many facets. The BMZ is supporting the people of the partner countries through six key areas:

 

1. Securing the food supply    

2. Avoiding famine and strengthening resilience    

3. Innovations in the agricultural and nutritional sector    

4. Structural change in rural areas    

5. Protection of natural resources and soil rehabilitation   

6. Safe and fair access to resources and land

 

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XtraPay - thanks to farmers

XtraPay - thanks to farmers

XtraPay wants to make international supply chains more transparent and establish a direct connection between producer and consumer. The bonus payment system was successfully piloted on 16 August in ten Edeka supermarkets in Braunschweig.

A project of BMZ

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Articles

5 Questions for Gunther Beger: The BMZ on Green Week

5 Questions for Gunther Beger: The BMZ on Green Week

Interview with Gunther Beger (BMZ)

Gunther Beger, department head at the BMZ, explains why the BMZ is expanding its commitment to the IGW and what each of us can do to contribute to a world without hunger.

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Developing countries hit doubly hard by coronavirus

Developing countries hit doubly hard by coronavirus

A contribution by Gunter Beger (BMZ)

In most African countries, the infection COVID-19 is likely to trigger a combined health and food crisis. This means: In order to cope with this unprecedented crisis, consistently aligning our policies to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is more important than ever, our author maintains.

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“We have to prepare for the unexpected”

“We have to prepare for the unexpected”

Interview with Dr Maria Flachsbarth (BMZ)

In August, Germany’s development ministry set up a division concentrating on One Health topics. Parliamentary State Secretary Maria Flachsbarth on knowledge gaps at the human-animal-environmental interface, the link between One Health and food security, and lessons learnt from previous pandemics.

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Ideas on the ground: Local solutions for global challenges

Ideas on the ground: Local solutions for global challenges

Interview with Sebastian Lesch (BMZ)

A world without hunger and with sufficient healthy food as well as climate-friendly agriculture can only be achieved if ideas are transformed into innovations and ultimately also applied - a conversation with BMZ Head of Division Sebastian Lesch on the Innovation Challenge programme of the new Agricultural Innovation Fund.

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Authors of this partner

Dr Maria Flachsbarth

Dr Maria Flachsbarth

Dr. Maria Flachsbarth is the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2002 and is a trained veterinarian. Since 2013 Dr. Flachsbarth has been Parliamentary State Secretary in two coalition governments of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Sebastian Lesch

Sebastian Lesch

Since mid 2018 Sebastian Lesch has been head of the Agriculture Department of the BMZ, which is responsible for a wide range of topics from agricultural trade and global agricultural supply chains such as soya, palm oil, cocoa or coffee, for the Common European Agricultural Policy to concrete innovation in our project work with a wide range of partners worldwide. The unit includes the flagship project of the "Green Innovation Centres" as well as international agricultural research and agrobiodiversity. Prior to this, Mr Lesch was Head of German-Egyptian Development Cooperation in Cairo for four years, from 2010 to 2014 he was Press Officer of the BMZ and before that Country Director for Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. He studied contemporary history, international politics and international law, is married and has three sons.

 

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Gunther Beger

Gunther Beger

Since October 2014, Gunther Beger has been Head of Division 1 (Policy Issues; Economy; Trade; Rural Development) at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). From December 2013 to October 2014 he headed the Executive Staff at BMZ. Beger, born in Bonn in 1961, studied agricultural sciences with a focus on economics, social sciences and development policy.  From 1991 onwards, he worked for over 20 years in various functions at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), most recently as Head of the Department for International Projects. From 1995 to 2000, he was Agricultural Officer at the German Embassy in Moscow. From 2003 to 2005, Beger worked as an advisor to the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag in the areas of agriculture, consumer and environmental protection.

 

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