Sustainable agriculture

Project description

Title: Sector project Sustainable Agriculture (NAREN)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2016 to 2018


Food production must increase by 60 per cent by 2050 if we are to meet the global demand for food. Current production methods in partner countries often fail to guarantee adequate yields and income in agriculture. Promoting sustainable agriculture is one of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development but has so far been insufficiently mainstreamed in programmes and political processes.


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has at its disposal advanced concepts and strategies for sustainable agriculture.
In German development cooperation activities in partner countries, approaches to agricultural production and processing are used that raise productivity sustainably and are adapted to climate change.


The sector project advises BMZ on policy content and strategy development for sustainable agriculture. In addition, it supports German development cooperation programmes in the field with implementing sustainable, climate-smart and gender-sensitive approaches to agricultural production and processing.
Based on the relevant experience thus gained in partner countries, the sector project develops strategies and concepts for BMZ, refines them and supplements them with practical examples. Through intensive knowledge management, the lessons learned can be used in further training for German development cooperation experts and partners, with a view to continuously enhancing specialist skills and activities.
The advisory services help BMZ to shape political discussions and processes relating to sustainable agriculture in national and international bodies and processes. By carrying out intensive knowledge management, advising projects and programmes in partner countries and participating in networks, the sector project promotes the dissemination of approaches that raise productivity sustainably and are adapted to climate change. The specialist skills of GIZ staff and partners are improved.


The project is carrying out sustainability analyses of farms, identifying deficiencies and addressing them in the advisory services. The processing and dissemination of good practices in crop and livestock production is leading to improved soil fertility and farm productivity, as well as a reduction in food losses both in the production phase and during storage and downstream processing. Climate-smart measures are strengthening the resilience of farms against the impact of climate change, thereby increasing and securing the income of agricultural producers. The negative effects of agricultural production, such as soil degradation, loss of biodiversity and the release of pollutants into the air and water, are also being reduced.
The project is making a contribution to the promotion and increased use of sustainable production methods in agriculture. Production volumes and capacities are being stabilised through the sustainable use of natural resources. The resulting development potential for rural areas is reducing pressure on local people to migrate. In accordance with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the activities are promoting food security, gender equality, the development of sustainable bioenergy and reduction of food losses. They are helping to mitigate the negative impact of climate change and prevent damage to ecosystem functions and soil.