Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF)

"It will require the commitment of scientists and scientific methods throughout the world ... to bring the benefits of science to all." (Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations)

By 2050 there will be some two billion more people on Earth than there are today, the majority of them in developing countries. To feed this extra population, we shall need to produce more food on an area which is no larger, or even smaller than it is today as a result of erosion and climatic change. Agricultural research is essential for agricultural growth and development.

GIZ’s Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) provides valuable help in achieving these goals. Working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), it supports research projects and personnel assignments in 17 international agricultural research centres.

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An example of the research carried out: Joint solutions for Kamimbi

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In Kamimbi on the shores of Lake Kariba, commercial fishermen, aquaculture business operators and small-scale fishermen are now pulling together. That was not always the case. The competition for fish along with the demands of tourism and the resulting restricted access to shorelines has led to recurring tensions in the past. The international research centre WorldFish, focusing on fisheries and aquaculture, brought all these competing interests together in the context of the project ‘Strengthening aquatic resources governance: Institutional innovation to build livelihood security and reduce conflict in the Lake Victoria, Lake Kariba, and Tonle Sap/Lower Mekong ecoregions’. Working with government institutions and local authorities, the stakeholders found joint solutions such as regulating the fishing grounds or creating employment opportunities for village inhabitants in the thriving aquaculture businesses. The Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF), run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, provided funding to support the work of WorldFish on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).