Building innovative food systems for food and nutrition security

Project description

Title: Sector Project Agricultural Policy and Food and Nutrition Security
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2019 to 2022

Two people carrying baobab seedlings for domestic gardens in Benin


After decades of progress, hunger is on the rise again worldwide as a result of climate change, conflicts, and economic slowdowns. Combined with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 this resulted in the largest single-year increase in the number of hunger-stricken people for decades. Currently, up to 811 million people worldwide are suffering from hunger.

Frequently, agricultural and food policies are insufficiently focused on promoting sustainable smallholder farming to ensure nutrition security. Alongside food production being insufficiently socially and economically sustainable, the necessary focus on healthy diets is also often lacking. This is leading to food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide, affecting women and children in particular.

Vegetable market in Bangladesh


German development cooperation contributes to greater food and nutrition security in national and international policy processes and programmes.


The project advises BMZ on agricultural policy and food and nutrition security and supports it in international and national processes. These include the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) and the Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G), as well as negotiations at the G7 and G20 meetings.

The project develops concepts for advisory services and knowledge management in development cooperation.

The project uses topics from agricultural policy and food and nutrition security to illustrate the relevance of these areas in international discourse. It encourages debate and networking among the actors in development cooperation by means of technical discussions and events.

Last update: October 2021

A woman in India standing in a community food garden

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