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Promoting international cooperation in agriculture and food security

Fund for strengthening human capacities of partners in agriculture, rural development, and food security (PeOPLE)

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  • Client

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Runtime

    2023 to 2027

  • Products and expertise

    Rural development and agriculture


German development policy aims to combat hunger and malnutrition and assert the right of all people to healthy food. The Transformation of Agri-food Systems special initiative was launched for this purpose.

One of its major challenges is to boost agricultural productivity without pushing the planet beyond its limits. Ideas for radical transformations to create socially, environmentally and economically viable agri-food systems are also required. The success of these adaptations and changes hinges on the necessary knowledge being available in the partner countries and the presence of experts who can support and implement the transition.


Partner organisations have qualified staff and the expertise required to make the agri-food systems in their countries sustainable in order to successfully combat hunger and poverty.


If required, the fund provides integrated experts and seconds employees to selected organisations in the partner countries. The staff support the establishment of sustainable agri-food systems on site, enabling the partner organisations to acquire additional skills and roll out successful approaches derived from the project work and utilise them in the long term.

The fund finances the assignment of integrated experts for several years. The experts work together with international agricultural research partners and collaborate on inclusive agricultural innovations or support the transition to viable agri-food systems with national partners. This work focuses on reducing gender-based inequality. The fund also seconds experts to multilateral cooperation organisations and promotes exchange with German and international development cooperation.

Last update: August 2023

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