Agriculture and climate

Cooperation in action

A woman with a child on a maize field, on which soil coverings and other plants are grown for diversification and nitrogen fixation.

Soil protection in Africa: Adapting agriculture to climate change

In six countries, the "Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security" programme is working with small farmers to spread conservation agriculture methods. In western Kenya, for instance, farmers are taught to plant cover crops and maize in the same field. Cover crops improve moisture retention, facilitating higher yields. Plant residues remain in the field after harvest. more

A man watering plants at Green College, Rukka in India

India: Learning to cope with climate change impacts

In many rural parts of India, the adverse impacts of climate change are already a harsh reality rather than a far-off threat. The monsoon is arriving later and later; rainfall is becoming more irregular. Heavy rainfall and droughts are increasing. In order to alleviate the consequences of climate change, Germany's development cooperation programmes combine soil conservation activities with more efficient water use. more

The automatic production of tinned fish is dependent on an uninterrupted supply of electricity.

Morocco: A fishing company tackles the challenges of climate change

In Morocco, climate change manifests itself in the form of heatwaves with periods of drought and intense rains with flooding. When fields, companies and streets flood, crops are lost, processing comes to a standstill and agricultural products cannot be transported to market and to consumers. For fishery companies like AVEIRO, climate change also presents other significant risks, not least of which are changes to the country’s fish stocks. With German support, the company is facing up to the challenges. more

Green coffee beans from COOPAC

Rwanda: A coffee exporter adapts to new climate conditions

Rwanda is already impacted by climate change: on the one hand through heatwaves and droughts and on the other hand by torrential rains and floods. In addition, the seasons are shifting. The coffee producer COOPAC is now feeling the first effects of climate change. For that reason, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting COOPAC in the area of climate risk analysis and the development of a an adaptation strategy. more

Mrs. Lumpai Na-ngam on her rice field

Thailand: Supporting small rice farms and protecting the environment

The Better Rice Initiative Asia promotes the adoption of the Sustainable Rice Standard on sustainable rice cultivation in Thailand. The Standard's main goals are to mitigate green house gas emissions from rice cultivation, promote climate-resilient rice production systems and enhance the livelihoods of smallholders. The climate-smart rice farming practices include alternative irrigation and drying methods. more

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