Earth’s well, all’s well!

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Under the annual theme "Earth's well, all's well", Fairtrade Germany is targeting agroecology at all levels - and is thus taking the next step towards greater global sustainability. At the Green Week, Fairtrade Germany will show how this can be achieved using the cocoa supply chain as an example.

Cocoa farmer Rosine Bekoin owns and cultivates 2.5 hectares of cocoa land, making her one of the few women in cocoa farming with their own land. © Fairtrade Germany

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Faitrade Germany is an independent initiative for the promotion of fair trade. The organization mobilizes against trade injustice and concludes license agreements with trading partners who offer products traded according to Fairtrade standards.

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Climate change is not fair: small farmers, who have contributed little to climate change, are already feeling the effects of the climate crisis. Cocoa cultivation is also affected: Extreme weather, shifted rainy seasons and diseases that affect the sensitive cocoa plant pose extreme challenges for smallholder farmers.

 

Defying climate change with shade trees

In order to continue growing cocoa, cocoa farmers must adapt to the consequences of climate change. Converting to sustainable cultivation, for example according to the principles of agroecology, requires time and investment - a challenge for all cocoa farmers who are barely able to build up reserves due to low cocoa prices. Fairtrade producers receive a fixed minimum price for their products and an additional premium for community investments, so that they are better able to make the necessary investments. The Sankofa project teaches Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Ghana to use sustainable cultivation methods. This makes their production more environmentally friendly and strengthens local biodiversity.

 

With dynamic agroforestry, the smallholders have managed to make their cocoa plants more resilient to the consequences of climate change.

 

Cocoa without deforestation

Another project that Fairtrade is implementing in Sierra Leone with the support of BMZ funds supports cocoa producers in the production and supply of deforestation-free cocoa for the EU market.By training and mapping their fields, they are taking an important step towards complying with the new EU Deforestation Directive (EU DR), which stipulates the certification of deforestation-free cocoa.

 

The issue represents a major challenge for producer organizations. As part of the stage program in the BMZ hall, Bettina von Reden, Head of Projects and Fundraising, will take part in a panel discussion on "Sustainable, deforestation-free supply chains - the EU is making progress" on Saturday, 29 January at 11:30 a.m. and explain Fairtrade's position.

 

Ich bin ein Alternativtext
Melanie Streibelt and her puppet Päckchen will participate at the Green Week school programme © Jean Laffitau

Young visitors learn why Fairtrade cocoa is better for the climate

The Fairtrade stand will not only focus on the crisis in cocoa cultivation but also draw attention to the bigger picture. Visitors will learn how Fairtrade supports farmers in adapting to the changed conditions and actively applying new cultivation methods. One highlight will be Melanie Streibelt and her puppet Päckchen, who will be talking to young visitors to the Green Week about Fairtrade as part of the school program. Under the motto: "Earth’s well, all’s well", she will draw the children's attention to human destinies and invent stories with happy endings together with them. Fairtrade and agroecology will be discussed as important keys to solving global challenges.

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After four years of the Bolsonaro administration, the new Brazilian government is trying to restart its engagement in agroecology, fighting deforestation in the Amazon and protecting indigenous communities and poor families from hunger. An interview with the Vice-minister for Rural Development and Family Farming, Fernanda Machiaveli.

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“We have to focus on sustainability”

An interview with Karen Mapusua

Karen Mapusua, President of IFOAM Organics International Network, on the danger of the current fuel crises and inflation to loose track in sustainablity, why organic farmers should be heard and how the word “crisis” has a very different meaning where she lives in Fiji.

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Governor's Day with Farmers – For more discussion with local actors

A contribution by William Onura and Larissa Stiem-Bhatia

In agriculture it is important to include political stakeholders in the discourse. To build the bridge between practical application and political action, the think tank TMG launched the Governor's Day with Farmers in Kakamega County, Kenya. Now it took place for the second time. But what are the goals and benefits of the Governor's Day?

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The goals of transformation should leave no one behind

An Interview with Mareike Haase and Stig Tanzmann

Four interviews kick off the relaunch under the new name „Food4Transformation“, asking the same questions from different perspectives. Mareike Haase and Stig Tanzmann from Brot für die Welt explain why the right to food, inclusivity, agroecology and food sovereignty are the central levers for a successful transformation.

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Agricultural policy belongs in prime time

An interview with Dr. Julia Köhn

Four interviews kick off the relaunch under the new name „Food4Transformation“, asking the same questions from different perspectives. Dr Julia Köhn, Chair of the German AgriFood Society, points out in the interview: Only if innovation and transformation are profitable in the medium term can they close the food gap in the long term.

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From field to fan shop: how to increase supply

A contribution by Jan Rübel

Organic cotton is extremely popular – but farmers still find it difficult to change their conventional cultivation methods. A new project addresses this dilemma: Bundesliga football teams in Germany are promoting the switch to organic cotton in India. And thereby setting an example.

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How a Nigerian fintech wants to secure 1 billion US dollars for farms

An Interview with Blessing Mene

Small farmers often have a hard time getting financing. An app in Nigeria wants to change that: Founder Blessing Mene about what his app offers - and about the opportunities and limitations of agricultural financing.

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BMZ releases video on the transformation of agricultural and food systems

A contribution by GIZ

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has released a video on the transformation of agricultural and food systems. In the video, Federal Minister Svenja Schulze also speaks about the urgent need to combat global hunger and contribute to resilient agricultural and food systems.

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The rush for green energy shouldn’t undermine rights of pastoralist communities

A contribution by Hussein Tadicha Wario

Africa’s drylands seem to be predestined for generating solar and wind power – especially given the current hype over green hydrogen. However, pastoral communities are often put at a disadvantage in this respect. Our author describes the arising conflicts and what successful coexistence of green energy projects and the communities could look like.

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The Agri-Food Map: An interactive map to explore sustainable agri-food systems

A Contribution by GIZ

The complex interrelationships of the sustainable transformation of agricultural and food systems are not always easy to understand - the Agri-Food Map, an interactive online app, makes the comprehensive relations accessible by providing a wide range of comprehensibly prepared information.

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Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the African livestock sector

A Contribution by ILRI and GIZ

The production of animal-source foods is becoming increasingly difficult due to the impact of climate change on the livestock sector in Africa. Though, Livestock make a crucial contribution to food security in Africa. Three papers by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ, ILRI and World Bank analyze, how Africas future livestock sector can look like.

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New Podcast – Out now!

A Podcast by Food4Transformation

In a world facing crises – from pandemics, armed conflicts, and climate change – how do we ensure everyone has enough food within planetary boundaries? A new podcast by Food4Transformation discover solutions talking to government officials, scientists, NGOs and farmers around the world.

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Blooming landscapes? Only with biodiversity!

A Contribution by Arne Loth

What do chocolate, carrots and tequila have in common? What sounds like the ingredients for an experimental cocktail are foods that would not exist without certain animal species. They are examples of how nature works for us every day, often behind the scenes.

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Together for food security in Zambia

A Contribution by Claudia Jordan (GIZ)

The Agriculture and Food Security Cluster of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Zambia shows how synergies among different projects and partner organisations can help people to eat healthier, diversified food. A delegation of the Bonn based Division of Agriculture and Rural Development learned this in a field visit in the Eastern Province of the Southern African country.

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Reforming agricultural policies to sustainably transform food systems

A Contribution by IFPRI

Global food systems are confronted with multiple stresses. It is more urgent than ever to make them more resilient, healthier and more sustainable. A key tool in such a transformation is reforming agricultural policies and repurposing agricultural support, as discussed in an online seminar co-organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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The Idea of Coffee entirely made by Women

A Conversation with Allan Mubiru

Allan Mubiru was standing in front of a shelf in Kigali, Rwanda, and discovered a local type of coffee. He took it, tasted it and was thrilled. A story about a grocery shopping trip that became the beginning of a successful business idea.

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From the perennial to the catwalk – banana silk as an alternative

A Contribution by Paul Kadjo

The textile industry contributes significantly to environmental pollution as it produces over 100 billion garments every year, resulting in huge CO2 emissions and water consumption. Fashion designer Paul Kadjo uses banana silk as an environmentally friendly alternative to make textile production more environmentally conscious and socially just.

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Climate Resilience in the Apple Value Chain

A Contribution by Puneet Bansal

In Himachal Pradesh, India, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and climatic conditions are changing – with negative consequences for apple production and farmers' livelihoods. Holistic and multidimensional innovation bundles are required for the entire value chain in order to make the food system more resilient in the future.

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The Answer is Healthy Soil

A Conversation with Nina Mannheimer

The Berlin start-up Klim is forging an alliance between farmers and companies. The aim is to use regenerative farming to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and sequester it as carbon in the soil. An interview with Nina Mannheimer.

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