Supporting Agriculture and Development Globally

Project description

Title: Sector Project Agriculture
Commissioned byFederal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2021 to 2024

People harvesting tomatoes


Around 811 million people worldwide are chronically malnourished, and about two billion people do not consume enough essential nutrients. In order to feed the steadily growing world population, at least 50 per cent more food must be produced by 2050. The world's more than 2 billion smallholder farmers play an essential role in this, as they produce 80 per cent of the food globally.

Food and nutrition security, rural development and agriculture are therefore a high priority in the new strategy for ‘One World – No Hunger’ (EWOH), which was developed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2021.


German development cooperation promotes sustainable agricultural and food systems within our planet’s limits as a contribution to ‘One World – No Hunger’.

Four hands holding a bowl of tomatoes


The project supports BMZ in positioning and agenda-setting in the area of agriculture. In addition to providing policy and strategy advice, the project develops methods and concepts and promotes networking and knowledge management in the priority areas:

1. Crop production and animal husbandry: promoting sustainable agricultural production

Integrated, site-appropriate and resource-efficient farm systems that also promote climate-resilient and low-emission agricultural development.

2. Agri-food and nutrition sector: strengthening agricultural value chains

Promotion of investments, marketing for agricultural products and innovative business models, as well as cooperation with the economy.

3. Disseminating innovative agricultural policy and agricultural trade policy

Free and fair trade in agricultural products, continental and national agricultural policy reforms and trade agreements, and the impact of EU agricultural policy on developing countries. 

Cross-cutting issues: Gender equality, human rights, digitalisation, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and green recovery.

Chickens roam outdoors (© William Moreland, Unsplash)

Last update: June 2021

Additional information