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Green innovation centres

Fostering innovation in the agriculture and food sector


As part of its special initiative ONE WORLD – No Hunger, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has established green innovation centres in 13 partner countries for German development cooperation. The aim of the centres is to use innovation in the agriculture and food sector to increase regional food supplies, boost the income of smallholders, and to create more employment opportunities, particularly in the area of food processing. The Development Ministry will provide a total of 138.5 million euros for this project by the end of 2019. Background information on the green innovation centres can be found here.

Benin: harvesting maize with a combine harvester

Benin

Coaching for agricultural processing companies, insurance solutions to protect against rice and soy crop failures, and a mobile team of agricultural instructors providing training to smallholders on the ground more


Rice paddies in Dano in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Seed cleaning equipment, rice mills for husking rice, practical agricultural training more


In the research institute IRAD in Cameroon, a lab worker is analysing the composition of chicken feed.

Cameroon

Solar dryers for cocoa beans, solar-powered refrigerators for poultry holdings providing storage for medicines, vaccines and feed supplements, new potato varieties for export more


Smallholders threshing wheat in  Northern Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Greater yields through the use of high-quality seed and modern farm machinery in smallholder production, presentation of innovative agricultural methods at pilot farms, theoretical and practical training for agricultural extension officers more


Maize in a bowl

Ghana

Increasing maize production with better quality seed, use of solar maize dryers, innovation fund for creative business ideas more


Solar- and battery-powered insect trap. The insects are lured in by the light of the trap and are killed inside.

India

Planting of leaf blight-resistant potato varieties, use of solar-powered traps for plant pests, higher yields thanks to mechanical tillage more


Cows in the stable of the Green innovation centre at the  Bukura Agricultural College in Kenya

Kenya

Improving breeding and hygiene standards as well as the cultivation of fodder crops for dairy cows, construction of small-scale biogas plants, use of improved, nutrient-rich sweet potato slips more


A farmer in handtractor training: At the Agricultural and Natural Sciences University of Malawi, farmers can borrow tractors at low prices on a daily basis.

Malawi

Use of cassava varieties that are more pest-resistant, tractor rental service for smallholders, mobile workshop for carrying out repairs to agricultural machinery more


Mangos being washed

Mali

Organic certification for mangoes, use of renewable energies to refrigerate mango and potato storage facilities, training in business administration, literacy courses and specialist courses for smallholders more


Green innovation centre Nigeria: Workshop for trainers where they learn, among other things, how to best space maize plants to increase the yield.

Nigeria

Agricultural training courses, apps for smartphones and tablets containing information on modern agricultural cultivation methods, fostering of working relationships between cooperatives and processing operations more


Togo: women pealing and sorting cashew nuts

Togo

Improved planting material for cashew farmers, use of a mobile soybean threshing machine directly in the fields, greater security for smallholders thanks to agreements setting our fixed purchase quantities for peanuts and soybean more


Tunisia: The members of a cooperative are discussing the feed composition for their sheep and cows.

Tunisia

Introduction of an extra planting period for potatoes, training courses for dairy farmers and sheep farmers, use of special shredding machines to produce feed for sheep and cows from particular varieties of cactus more


Zambia: Harison und Sarah Mbao are partners of COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation). The not-for-profit organisation buys up the peanut harvest of smallholder farmer families at a fair price.

Zambia

Manufacture of own-brand yoghurt drinks by dairy farmer cooperatives, planting of gliricidia trees to improve soils, peanut processing more


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