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: from business and employment promotion, through energy and environmental issues, to the promotion of peace and security. GIZ is a company owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. Its diverse expertise is in demand around the globe: from the German government, from institutions of the European Union, from the United Nations and from the governments of other countries. Its main client is the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) [Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development]. The GIZ cooperates with the private sector and thus contributes to the successful interplay between development policy and external economic activity. GIZ is based in Bonn and Eschborn. Of the more than 17,000 employees in more than 130 countries, 70 percent are recruited locally. As a recognized sponsor of the Development Service, the GIZ currently deploys a total of 730 development workers and development workers. The GIZ also runs the "Center for International Migration and Development" (CIM) together with the Federal Agency for Labor. In 2015, CIM mediated nearly 1000 skilled workers to employers in the GIZ employment countries, supported them financially and through consultancy and services.

 

 

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Projects

Sustainable use and restoration of forests
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Sustainable use and restoration of forests

Forests make an important contribution to food security and income generation of local populations. Around 30 percent of the world's forests have already been cleared and another 20 percent are showing signs of degradation (WRI). The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit supports partner countries in the restoration of forest landscapes and good governance in the forest sector.

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Food Security and Enhanced Resilience
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Food Security and Enhanced Resilience

690 million people in the world suffer from hunger, about two billion are chronically malnourished. Conflicts, crises and climate change exacerbate the problem, particularly for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) therefore works to improve food security and resilience.

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Responsible Land Policy
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Responsible Land Policy

The Global Programme Responsible Land Policy seeks to create the conditions for sustainable development and food security through secure and fair land use and land ownership rights as well as responsible land use.

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Promoting agricultural innovations: 1,000 ideas for a world without hunger

Promoting agricultural innovations: 1,000 ideas for a world without hunger

On behalf of the BMZ, the Agricultural Innovation Fund published the call for the "Innovation Challenge 2020". The aim of the competition is to find and promote innovative local ideas in the GIZ partner countries that contribute to making the agricultural sector more efficient and sustainable along the entire value chain.

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Let it spread: Silicon Valley for Africa?

Let it spread: Silicon Valley for Africa?

Digital production centres create pull effects on many and different levels - they contain a lot of potentials. This is SAIS: It aims to use this to make innovative solutions from start-ups more widespread. 

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Youth employment in rural area

Youth employment in rural area

Offering young people in rural areas better employment prospects is one of the objectives of the sector project. The young population is the key to a modern and efficient agricultural economy.

A project of GIZ

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COST-BENEFIT ANALYSES FOR MORE SOIL CONSERVATION

COST-BENEFIT ANALYSES FOR MORE SOIL CONSERVATION

With the help of sustainable farming methods, soils can be preserved and made fertile again. The investment required is also worthwhile from a financial perspective.

A project of GIZ

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Resilience in times of crisis

Resilience in times of crisis

Yemen is currently experiencing one of the worst disasters, due to war, hunger and disease outbreaks. The GIZ is locally engaged to improve the nutrition and resilience of Yemenites.

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IMPROVED LAND GOVERNANCE

IMPROVED LAND GOVERNANCE

Weak land governance and insecure land rights are still major development challenges for Africa. The global program to strengthen land governance in Africa aims to strengthen marginalized groups.

A project of GIZ

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STRONG TUBERS: SUPPORTING POTATOE FARMERS

STRONG TUBERS: SUPPORTING POTATOE FARMERS

Potatoes are staple foods in Kenza. Raising their profit is an important contribution to prevent malnutrition. 

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SECURING THE FOOD SUPPLY IN MALAWI

SECURING THE FOOD SUPPLY IN MALAWI

Securing the food supply requires a holistic approach. That's why mango and papaya will be on the menu in Malawi.

A Project of GIZ

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DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SWEET POTATOES

DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SWEET POTATOES

For Kenyan small farmers, the harvest yields little more than they need for themselves. How the orange sweet potato can change the life of an entire region.

A Project of GIZ

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FROM RANCHERS TO MANUFACTURERS

FROM RANCHERS TO MANUFACTURERS

How to: In Benin, farmers are opening factories now that they have learned what an entrepreneur needs to know.

A project of GIZ

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THE FOOD ON THE TABLE DETERMINES OUR HEALTH

THE FOOD ON THE TABLE DETERMINES OUR HEALTH

Cambodians eat too much rice. GIZ is joining with farmers to form multi-purpose farms, as well as advising health care centers on nutritional questions.

A project of GIZ

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TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE COCOA SECTOR

TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE COCOA SECTOR

About 60 percent of the cocoa processed in Germany comes from the Ivory Coast. It is grown by 800,000 cocoa farmers, who typically only own up to five hectares of land.

A project in cooperation with the GIZ

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SUNFLOWERS OVER TOBACCO

SUNFLOWERS OVER TOBACCO

The farmers in Malawi have long been holding on to the cultivation of tobacco - which led to a dangerous dependency.

A Project of GIZ

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FERTILE SOIL THROUGH THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF METHODS

FERTILE SOIL THROUGH THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF METHODS

In the Ethiopian highlands, much of the soil is exhausted. New fertilizers and improved seed are making it fertile again.  

A Project of GIZ

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Articles

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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The 'Grey Gold'

The 'Grey Gold'

By Maria Schmidt

The Cashew Council is the first international organisation for a raw material stemming from Africa. The industry promises to make progress in processing and refining cashew nuts - and answers to climate change

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No dirty dealing

No dirty dealing

Von Marlis Lindecke

Shit Business is Serious Business: A successful cooperation between research and the private sector.

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Authors of this partner

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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Maria Schmidt

Maria Schmidt studied Political Science, focussing on development cooperation and policy analysis in sub-Saharan Africa early in her Franco-German studies at the Sciences Po Bordeaux Institute and University of Stuttgart. This led her first to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation, then to the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Benin and, most recently, to the GIZ in Ghana. She has been working there for the ComCashew project since December 2015, and, within her advisory duties, is primarily involved with public partners in promoting the cashew value chain.

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Marlis Lindecke

Marlis Lindecke

Dr Marlis Lindecke heads GIZ’s Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) Programme, based in Bonn. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), she and her team manage the support to the international agricultural research centres of the global research partnership for a food-secure future (CGIAR), the World Vegetable Center (formerly AVRDC) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). 

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