DLG and GIZ have been cooperating for many years, and for two years now a development cooperation scout has also been working in DLG on behalf of the BMZ, advising on cooperation opportunities with German development cooperation and assisting in the development of new projects. This is the best way to mobilise the networks of both institutions for an exchange. Thomas König (DC Scout at the DLG), Klaus Erdle (DLG) and Berthold Wohlleber (Sector Project Sustainable Agriculture, NAREN, GIZ) were able to win experts from Germany and two GIZ projects for a virtual expert discussion.
This is a new format of exchange and all those involved agree on it: despite all the local specifics, the issues and challenges are very similar and an exchange across continents brings new insights - and perhaps even new impulses for one's own work on the ground, wherever.
More information read the JOURNAL DE L'AGRO-ECOLOGIE (only in french).
Tahina Raharison, Professionnels de l'Agroécologie (GSDM), an NGO partner of GIZ in Madagascar, exchanged views on organic farming and agroecology with Stephan Jung, advisor to the NRW Chamber of Agriculture.
The discussion with accompanying slides shows among other things strategies how farmers in North Rhine-Westphalia and Madagascar deal with increasing drought in organic farming. In addition, Tahina Raharison describes which agroforestry cultivation methods have proven to be practical in Madagascar.