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Halfway through the 2030 Agenda, the BMZ invited participants to a network meeting entitled "Partners for change - Transformation to a food secure, resilient and sustainable future". Experts from around the world developed recommendations in a consultation process and then consolidated them in Berlin. A site visit.

On 14 and 15 June, around 250 experts from over 20 countries came together to jointly discuss how the transformation to food secure, resilient and sustainable agricultural and food systems can succeed. © Photothek, 2023

By Jan Rübel

Jan Rübel is author at Zeitenspiegel Reportagen, a columnist at Yahoo and writes for national newspapers and magazines. He studied History and Middle Eastern Studies.

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They stream in from two different directions. In a courtyard in Prenzlauer Berg, two lines of people meet on a green lawn - "Partners for Change," as the exchange is called. One from the main building of the "Hotel Oderberger" in Berlin, the other from the southern wing behind the courtyard. Over 200 people from 20 countries, one goal: What has been achieved since the proclamation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015? What still needs to be done by the deadline of 2030?

 

It is Thursday, June 14. The experts have come together to get to know each other before continuing in working groups the following day. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has invited to the network meeting. Representatives from politics, agriculture, civil society, and science want to jointly develop policy recommendations under the title "Partners for change - Transformation for a food secure, resilient and sustainable future". In the capital, they will put their heads together on how a transformation of agricultural and food systems can succeed.  It is the preliminary conclusion of a lengthy consultation process. Over the course of months, the stakeholders met in small groups, participated in online queries, developed recommendations, and discussed them in various constellations. In these two days, they will come together in one place to finalize the results and jointly draft policy recommendations.

 

The situation at the halfway point of the SDGs cannot be glossed over. Since 2015, there has been only a slight reduction in global hunger. Agriculture, which emits many greenhouse gases, is an accelerator of climate change. Developing and pooling concrete ideas - that is the task of the next two days. At the networking event, people are standing together in small groups; the meeting is intended to be informal at first, but the discussions are all about technical matters: What needs to be done by 2030? A young man rests briefly in a folding chair. William Madudike, 28, chairs the Youth Board of the Zimbabwe Farmers Union.

 

What brought you to Berlin?
Madudike: I represent the young farmers of southern Africa.

 

What do you think of the SDG "Zero Hunger"?
We need this goal. Even if it will still be a long way until then. One that will certainly not be over by 2030.

 

What challenges do you see for your farmers?

 

There is a lack of access to adequate financing. And a lot of land belongs to the state, otherwise you can only inherit or buy. This deprives us of the basics of successful cultivation.

 

What is your situation?
I rented twelve hectares and grow four to five varieties of potatoes. I did that right after I graduated in agronomy, my parents have other professions.

 

And are you arming yourself against different market prices, climate change?
I grow one field at a time, never all at the same time. I can always harvest a little, cushion failures and price developments.

 

What should the international community do to improve the situation?
First, each country should look at what it can change on its own doorstep. For Africa, for example, I would like to see the African Union (AU) develop in the direction of the European Union (EU). So far, it has only had a rather ceremonial function. And we need more intraregional trade. For me, it is easier to sell my potatoes to Europe than to my neighboring countries.

 

In the garden, the conversations continue. Sara Worku, 44, gets a glass of water at a bar. She works for "Alliance2015," a strategic network of European NGOs, in her native Ethiopia as a coordinator.

 

What message did you come to Berlin with?
Worku: That we need to transform our food systems, and do so inclusively. Marginalized groups are far from being sufficiently included.

 

And how do you do that?

 

It starts with listening. After studying geography and environmental sciences in Addis Ababa, I traveled through the rural areas - I didn't know them myself before. My insight was that there is a lot of potential for empowerment, especially among women.

 

What is missing?
So far, at events like this one, there has been too much talk about the "what". We should leave that behind. Now it is time to discuss "how" we transform. We need more speed. International funders think too short term, but there needs to be more flexible funding with less rigid ideas.  

 

The network meeting is based on a bottom-up process. Not only is the event intended to send out a signal for joint action to combat hunger, poverty, and inequality. Experiences from the BMZ's various global programs are also to be exchanged in the transformation workshops, bundled into thematic clusters, and processed as joint, political recommendations for action. All participants come from the partner structures of the BMZ special initiative "Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems". Among them is Daniel M.M. M'Mailutha, the 43-year-old who heads the Kenyan farmers' association KENAF. Ninety percent of them, he says, are smallholder farmers.

 

How many hectares do you farm?
M'Mailutha: Two and a half. I specialize in livestock, have 54 cows. One hundred is my goal.

 

With what feeling did you get on the plane?
That we not only belong at the table, but also in the kitchen. We are the practitioners. Without us, there is no transformation. That's why we must not only have a say in the plans in advance, but also accompany their implementation in an advisory and decision-making capacity. This is the only way to increase productivity.

 

What does it take?

 

Five important points come to mind: More knowledge, a land distribution system with farmers' needs in mind, more infrastructure such as electricity and roads, an improved post-harvest structure, and ultimately a state that supports.

 

Two meters away, a man leans against a bar table. As far as the role of the state is concerned, he comes to a sober assessment. Emmanuel Atamba Oriedo, 28, shakes his head.

 

You are an expert on agricultural and food systems and are involved in Kenyan civil society. What impulses come from there?
Atamba Oriedo: The political leadership alone can't do it. That's why people are helping themselves - also with innovations.

 

What is the problem?
After getting my bachelor's degree in agricultural science, I asked myself: Why are so many people starving? It's not so much a problem of production, but of access to food. No one cares, no one takes responsibility. It should be made clear to every state: There is a right to food.

 

And how do the SDGs play into that?
With them, too, there is no one who can be held accountable. They had no real value from the beginning. A controlling and obligatory mechanism should have been implanted with them.

 

And now?

 

It needs a broad multi-stakeholder process. Money is less the problem than how it is used. That of international donors should certainly not be used to replace government spending.

 

The evening sun is bending, turning orange. A young woman stands a little apart, spooning from a bowl of chickpea curry. Shamika Mone presides over a huge movement. INOFO is an autonomous organization within the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), which includes some 800 organizations in 120 countries. At this moment, Mone says, she is thinking about her farm, her rice fields.

 

Are you on the road a lot?
Mone: This year I was away for three months. That's funny. When I'm on my farm, I'm happy. I don't really want to leave there.

 

How's it going there?
Quite well. But we had to sell one of our two cows to finance expenses. The traditional rice that we grow, on the other hand, is developing excellently.

 

Is your work at INOFO worthwhile?
There is progress, but everything is too slow. The world is dying, our mindset is not changing fast enough. Farmers are getting more influence, yes. And organic farming is a success everywhere it is practiced. It's also being talked about more. She smiles. I try to keep a balance between my own farm and activism, not to lose my roots. But we lack operational funding, there is too much on too few shoulders.

 

But there are so many farmers behind you!
Yes, but we have a single secretary, for two hours a day. The situation is different for the conventional farmers' associations.

 

The next day, the experts will gather again in the capital to discuss topics such as resilience, food environments, agricultural trade, and digitalization in eight transformation workshops. "We have been transforming agricultural and food systems for decades," Caren Smaller begins in her introductory keynote. "In 1945, it was determined that half the world's population was not getting enough calories," says the executive director of the Shamba Centre for Food and Climate. With the so-called Green Revolution, hunger has been drastically reduced, she said. "But it did so at a high cost: to health and to the planet." Not everyone has benefited from it, she said. "And those are the ones who are being punished today for something they are not responsible for," she says, referring to climate change. Now, she says, a new, equitable transformation is needed. "There is too much focus on economic growth," she says, "spending on the environment and women is stagnant." There is no shortage of capital, she adds. Governments should reward banks for taking on more risk for less return.

 

Maximo Torero of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) now addresses those gathered. "FAO is working very hard to increase resilience." Changing investments is complex, he said. "There is a need to become more efficient while reducing emissions." And then he says something that many will repeat throughout the day: "Transformation has to be evidence-based."

 

In the subsequent High Panel, BMZ State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth will immediately have to take stock of the situation: What has happened in the past twelve months? "We have been in an accelerating multi-crisis," he answers, "spread across climate change and soil loss" - not to speak of the aftermath of the Corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine with its economic shock waves. "We have to get out of this vicious cycle of humanitarian aid!" Then he picks up Smaller's impulse. "There is no contradiction in focusing on economic growth with the poorest countries. Because that's what's needed." Later, she will counter, "Yes, we need great economic growth. But we need to think about credit. We've lost the sense of global solidarity."

 

Julian Lampietti of the World Bank also talks about financing. "The money we put into the food system as an institution is little compared to what countries themselves put into their systems," he says. "Out of one dollar of public spending, only 35 cents reach the farmer. We need better, evidence-based interventions."

 

Then the transformation workshops start, behind closed doors. Hours later, the participants of the network meeting come together again in the large hall. Yang Sang Koma, undersecretary at Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, notes, "We focused a lot on production. Now it's time for us to implement the ideas at the local level." And Alexander Kalimbira, an agriculture professor at Lilongwe University in Malawi, added what is needed is a focus on policies that promote public health. "And it should be more decentralized: The government needs to transfer power." Sonja Vermeulen, of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, points out, "If it comes to the issue of land, it quickly becomes political. Many people have this as their only livelihood. Anyone who takes it away from them is threatening them," concludes Dirk Meyer, head of department at the BMZ. He reports that, in addition to the Partners for Change network meeting, another BMZ event on social protection took place this week. "I feel the same spirit, the same energy." One is flooded with negative news, he said, "so sometimes you need such fountains of enthusiasm." Stefano Fotiou of the FAO expresses his gratitude for the valuable contribution the recommendations have made to the preparatory process for the UN Food Systems Summit Stocktaking in Rome at the end of July. In his conclusion, he recalls a quote by boxing legend Muhammad Ali: "The impossible is temporary".

 

Intensive hours and days lie behind the experts. They have drawn up roadmaps for the final spurt. The UN Sustainable Development Goals remain in focus. At the end, State Secretary Flasbarth concludes, addressing the participants: "You look fresh, it must have been encouraging." He continues: "The many recommendations on how we can jointly progress in transforming agricultural and food systems are not only valuable for the further implementation of our Special Initiative, but also serve as inputs to our various multilateral processes. During this year, these include the High Level Political Forum in New York ahead, the UN Food Systems Summit Stocktaking and COP 28."

 

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A conversation with the activist and entrepreneur Kah Walla about what needs to change for young people in rural Africa.

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How to Enhance Soil Organic Carbon – Uniting Traditional and Innovative Practices

A Contribution by GIZ

Indian farmers restore precious soil material combining traditional with innovative approaches. A case example how governance, agriculture and development cooperation can work together to combat climate change.

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Digitalization: The Driving Force in the Future of Agriculture?

A Contribution by GIZ

At the ICTforAg conference in March 2022, the digital agriculture community exchanged on the challenges and opportunities associated with the next green revolution.

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Our Food Systems are in Urgent Need of Crisis-Proofing: what needs to be done

An Artikel by TMG

Based on a scientific study by TMG Think Tank, the authors highlight various challenges in the fight against the hunger crisis. The findings show that climate change, conflict and covid-19 are increasing food and energy prices.

 

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New UN Biodiversity Agreement

A Contribution by Rural 21

Nations adopted four goals and 23 targets for 2030 to foster biodiversity conservation and counter acceleration in the global rate of species extinction at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

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The importance of water for sustainable rural development

A contribtion by WE4F

How can the challenges related to water, rural development and climate resilient agriculture be addressed? What innovations need to be promoted? The Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) initiative presents strategies and innovations for sustainable, integrated water management in German and international cooperation.

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From reaction to action

A contribtion by GIZ

A Year of Multiple Crises: Russian war against Ukraine, extreme weather events, high prices for energy and fertilizer, food crisis had severe implications for food security and agriculture globally and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Transformation of the food systems is needed.

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New legal initiatives towards deforestation-free supply chains as a game changer

A Contribution by Gerhard Langenberger

Regarding deforestation free supply chains, there are challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers as well as for international forest governance. Also, responsibilities for companies and potential incentives for manufacturers to use materials from fair trade and sustainable sources need to be explored. But what does “deforestation-free” actually mean?

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2022, a year of crisis – What does it mean for African trade and food security?

A Contribution by Ousmane Badiane

The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor 2022 (AATM) was published by IFPRI and AKADEMIYA2063. The report analyses the short- and long-term trends and drivers of African agricultural trade flows, including regional policies and the role of global markets.

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How the War against Ukraine Destabilizes Global Grain Markets

A Contribution by GIZ

Since early February 2022, two of the biggest grain and oilseed exporters have been at war. An overview, which countries are affected most severely by the destabilized grain markets, and what comes next.

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Controversy: Do supply chains need liability rules?

Discussion about the potential supply chain law

The German government is struggling to pass a supply chain law. It is intended to address violations of human rights, social and environmental standards. What would the consequences be for business? A double interview with Veselina Vasileva from GEPA and economics professor Andreas Freytag.

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5 Questions for Jann Lay: What is Corona doing to the economy?

Interview with Jann Lay (GIGA)

The Corona pandemic is hitting economies around the world very hard - but developments in African countries are quite diverse. There are different speeds, resiliences and vulnerabilities. What are the reasons for this? Apl. Prof. Jann Lay of the GIGA Institute provides answers.

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Sustainable, feminist and socially just: The new Africa strategy of the BMZ

A contribution by Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge

In the video format "#99SecondsWith" of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), Prof. Dr Anna - Katharina Hornidge talks about the new Africa-Strategy of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Do import restrictions really benefit the local poor in West Africa?

A contribution by Isabel Knößlsdorfer

Protectionist policies like tariffs supposedly protect domestic producers if they cannot compete with cheaper imported products. Some African countries have therefore opted to impose such import restrictions for a number of products. For the case of chicken imports in Ghana, this study analyses whether restrictions would lead to overall positive or negative welfare effects among households.

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Sang'alo Institute invests in farming of sunflower crop

A contribution by James Wanzala

Kenya is a large importer of vetable oils mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia - amongst them sunflower oil. Due to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, there were supply bottlenecks and food shortages, leading to less affordable vegetable oils in Kenya. As a response to the lack of supply, the Sanga'alo Institute of Science and Technology, took that impulse, teamed up with the GIZ and established regional cultivation and refinement of sunflowers.

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Farmers' organizations want to be involved in designing agricultural policy

An interview with Kolyang Palebele

Four interviews kick off the relaunch under the new name „Food4Transformation“, asking the same questions from different perspectives. "Women and young people need access to land. And they need financial support to cultivate this land." - says Kolyang Palebele, President of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO).

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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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“More of the same is not enough - we need to rethink”

An interview with Dirk Meyer

Four interviews kick off the relaunch under the new name „Food4Transformation“, asking the same questions from different perspectives. Dirk Meyer, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, thinks: less individual solutions are needed, but more systemic approaches. Because in addition to the goals for food security, the issues of climate and biodiversity must also be taken into account.

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Unlocking the potential of agrivoltaics

A contribution by Fraunhofer Institute

Agrivoltaics is a concept that combines photovoltaic electricity generation and agricultural production, providing the opportunity for a more efficient land use and contributing overall to the integration of food, energy and water systems. This can be particularly interesting for countries in the Global South, where rural electrification rates are often low and food security needs to be improved.

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What is needed for a long-term fertiliser strategy?

A contribution by Michael Brüntrup

The world is currently experiencing a historic food crisis. High fertiliser prices are part of the problem. In addition to the necessary short-term aid measures, the crisis ought to be made use of to develop and implement longer-term fertiliser strategies for sustainable, in particular smallholder increases in production in the Global South.

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Think20 Policy Brief centres on Agroecology

Insights from the T20 Policy Brief

Given the urgency of transforming agricultural and food systems, GIZ India's Food Systems and Agroecology Working Group is exploring the potential of agroecology in collaboration with Think20 partners. A policy brief has now been published.

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"The virus does not need visa"

Interview by Dr. Ahmed Ouma (CDC)

Countries across Africa coordinate their efforts in the fight against corona by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) of the African Union in Addis Abeba. Until now, the curve of new infections has been successfully flattened – why? Dr. Ahmed Ouma, Deputy Director, explains the work of CDC in an interview with Tilman Wörtz.

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5 questions to F. Patterson: Why is there more hunger?

Interview with Fraser Patterson

Every year in October, the "Welthungerhilfe" aid organisation, with the Irish "Concern Worldwide" NGO, publishes the Global Hunger Index, a tool with which the hunger situation is recorded. What are the trends - and what needs to be done?

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“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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Revolutionising Humanitarian Aid

A contribution 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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Doing More With Less

A contribution 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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A new U.S. Africa policy?

An article by Jan Rübel

After four years of Donald Trump in the White House, it is time to take stock: What policies did the Republican government pursue in African regions? And what will change in favor of Joe Biden after the election decision? Here is an evaluation.

 

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Hunger must not be a consequence of the epidemic!

A contribution by Michael Brüntrup (DIE)

Even though COVID-19 poses a threat to the health of humanity, the reaction to the pandemic must not cause more suffering than the disease itself. This is particularly relevant for poor developing countries, where the impact of the corona crisis on food security is even more severe!

 

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Good health is impossible without healthy food

A contribution by Heino von Meyer

Corona makes it even more difficult to achieve a world without hunger by 2030. So that this perspective does not get out of sight, Germany must play a stronger role internationally - a summary of the Strategic Advisory Group of SEWOH.

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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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Statement from GAFSP Co-Chairs: GAFSP and COVID-19 Pandemic

A contribution by GAFSP

COVID-19 has unprecedented effects on the world. As always, the most vulnerable are the hardest hit, both at home and - especially - abroad. A joint appeal by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Department for International Development (DFID).

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Can this end world hunger?

A report by Stig Tanzmann

Time to dig deeper: We can only benefit from technical progress if we have a solid legal framework for everybody. But so far, none is in sight - in many countries. Instead, international corporations grow ever more powerful.

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"Without peace, there will be no development"

Interview with Karina Mroß (DIE)

What contribution does development cooperation make to conflict prevention? What can it do for sustainable peace? Political scientist Karina Mroß talks to Raphael Thelen about post-conflict societies and their chances for peaceful development.

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The 'Grey Gold'

A contribution by Maria Schmidt (GIZ)

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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Borderless food security

A contribution by Christine Wieck

Enabling smallholders to trade across regions and borders promotes food security and economic growth. Although everyone is calling for exactly that, implementation is still difficult

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Small Farms, big money

A contribution by Agnes Kalibata

Agnes Kalibata, AGRA president since 2014 and former minister of agriculture and wildlife in Rwanda, is convinced that Africa's economy will only grow sustainably if small-scale agriculture is also seen as an opportunity.

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What do you expect from this Pre Summit, Mr. Haddad?

Interview with Lawrence Haddad (GAIN)

Nutrition experts from all over the world are coming together in Rome. They are not only distilling 2000 ideas to improve food systems - they are also preparing for the big UN summit in New York in September. An interview. 

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Mr. Campari, how do we create sustainable food systems?

Interview with Joao Campari (WWF)

Journalist Jan Rübel spoke with Joao Campari ahead of the UNFSS Pre-Summit. The Chair of Action Track 3 highlights key challenges in transforming existing food systems towards sustainable production and shares his expectations for the Summit.

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How do you campaign “Food Systems”?

Interview with Paul Newnham, Director of the SDG 2 Advocacy Hub.

The UN Food Systems pre-Summit in Rome dealt with transforming the ways of our nutrition. How do you bring that to a broad public? Questions to Paul Newnham, the Director of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 Advocacy Hub.

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UNFSS Pre-Summit: What did it achieve?

Interview with Martina Fleckenstein (WWF), Michael Kühn (WHH) and Christel Weller-Molongua (GIZ)

After the summit means pre-summit: It was the first time that the United Nations held a summit on food systems. Martina Fleckenstein, Michael Kühn and Christel Weller-Molongua reviewed the situation in this joint interview.

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How can the private sector prevent food loss and waste?

An interview with David Brand (GIZ)

From a circular food system in Rwanda to functioning cooled transports in Kenya: The lab of tomorrow addresses development challenges such as preventing food loss and waste

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From lost products to safe food - Innovations from Zambia

A contribution by GIZ

In Zambia, innovative approaches are used to address the problem of post-harvest losses in the groundnut value chain. GIZ's Rapid Loss Appraisal Tool (RLAT) can help to develop more such approaches.

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Land Rights for Secure Livelihoods: My Land is My Life

Three quarters of the world's population do not have secure land rights, which hinders investment and innovation. The project "Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security" supports smallholder farmers in acquiring land.

A project of GIZ

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The Future of Development Politics: Voices from the Parliamentary Groups

A Contribution by Journalist Jan Rübel

Representatives of the six parliamentary groups offer their views on the future of German development cooperation.

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How to Combat Hunger in Times of Climate Crisis?

An Interview with Martin Frick (WFP)

The climate crisis fuels world hunger. What needs to change in the global fight against hunger, and which role plays humanitarian aid in international development cooperation?

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ICTforAg 2022: Conference

An Initiative by GIZ Fond i4Ag

In March 2022, the virtual conference ICTforAg summons leading actors in the agrartechnology and food sector from low- and middle-income countries to exchange ideas advancing resilience, nutrition and agriculture-led growth.

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No Food Security Without Climate Protection

A Contribution by Michael Kühn (WHH)

Climate change already affects the daily lives of people in the Global South. What are the challenges they face and what do these imply for negotiations at the climate conference in Glasgow?

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Soil Restoration Starts with the People

A Contribution by TMG Think Tank for Sustainability

Highlighting how secure tenure rights are key to achieving land degradation neutrality and soil restoration targets..

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Together towards Sustainable Development: Private Sector Cooperation

A Multimedia-Toolbox by GIZ

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible investments in the agri-food sector of emerging countries.

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World Soil Conference ends with resolutions on drought management and land restoration

A contribution by GIZ

At the UNCCD COP15, the nearly 200 Parties met in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. A key goal is to halt the loss of fertile soils by 2030.

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German G7 Presidency – fighting hunger with all our might

A Contribution by Welthungerhilfe

In the run-up to the G7 summit, experts from politics and civil society discussed sustainable and more effective options for action by the G7 states to combat hunger.

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Five Questions for Dirk Meyer

An Interview with Dirk Meyer (BMZ)

Development cooperation needs to place good governance and a sustainable agri-food systems transformation at its center: After the first 100 days in office have passed, Dirk Meyer from the German Development Ministry (BMZ) spells out the goals, guidelines and priorities of the Ministry’s new lead.

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The Rice Sector in West Africa: A Political Challenge

New insights on trade and value addition in the rice sector in West Africa

Low import tariffs, smuggling activities, unpredictable tax exemptions and weak enforcement of food safety standards: The potential of local rice value chains is undermined in West African countries.

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The fight against illegal fishing

A Report

The oceans are important for our food supply, but they are overfished. To halt this trend the global community is now taking action against illegal fishing. Journalist Jan Rübel spoke with Francesco Marí, a specialist for world food, agricultural trade and maritime policy at "Brot für die Welt," and others.

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Nutrition is not just a women’s issue

A contribution by GIZ

When women have control over the resources of a household and manage the income, it usually leads to a more balanced and healthier diet for the family. But often the decision-making power lies with the men. How can this gender inequality be addressed? The GIZ global project Food Security and Resilience provides insights into project work on gender-transformative approaches finances by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Innovative donor approaches and sustainable finance – A Review of UNFSS+2

A contribution by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Two years following the UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate hosted an official side event at the UNFSS+2. The event explored how public donors can increase the impact of their investments.

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Podcast: Fighting world hunger together

Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Podcast of the Federal Government

At the start of World Food Week around World Food Day on 16 October, Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that the fight against global hunger will only be successful with international responsibility and solidarity (german only).

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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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