At a glance:

  • The impact of the war against Ukraine poses major challenges for agricultural and food systems worldwide as well as for smallholder farmers in the Global South. For this reason, BMZ has launched the Emergency Aid Food Crisis and commissioned GIZ for its implementation. The Emergency Aid Food Crisis is a Fund Single Measure and is being implemented in 37 countries around the world that are most affected by the consequences of the war. 
  • The Fund for the Promotion of Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag) was commissioned with EUR 17.3 million so called Ukraine special cash funds by BMZ and collaborates with nine additional GIZ projects for the implementation of the Emergency Aid Food Crisis.  
  • The Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) received EUR 8.1 million for implementation as part of this project partnership. 
  • The INA projects are implemented together with Fairtrade International, Forum Fairer Handel e.V. (Forum Fairer Handel) and Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. (Welthungerhilfe). 

The most important facts in brief:

The projects of the Emergency Aid Food Crisis under INA implementation run from June 2022 to May 2024. 

The Emergency Aid Food Crisis has the following core objectives: 

1. Strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers against future crises through emergency aid and capacity building. 

2. Mitigate the socio-economic challenges of the food crisis caused by the war against Ukraine. 

3. Strengthen local food markets. 

The ongoing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges posed by the climate crisis are putting a noticeable burden on smallholder farmers in our partner countries who depend on agricultural production and processing. The consequences of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine are further exacerbating this situation. Rising prices for food, energy and fertilizer, logistics problems and a lack of access to markets are jeopardizing progress towards resilience as well as the livelihoods and food security of many smallholder farmers in our partner countries worldwide. For this reason, BMZ has launched the Emergency Aid Food Crisis and commissioned GIZ for its implementation. i4Ag was commissioned with EUR 17.3 million Ukraine special cash that BMZ provides for emergency aid. For implementation, i4Ag cooperates with nine other GIZ projects. As part of this project partnership, INA received a budget of EUR 8.1 million for project implementation.  

A factsheet developed by i4Ag compiles overarching information on the structure, approach and objectives of the Fund Single Measure.  

The INA projects of the Emergency Aid Food Crisis are divided into three strands: 

  • the Fund for the Producer Partners of Forum Fairer Handel 
  • the Fund for the Producer Partners of Fairtrade International 
  • the Promotion of Value Chains and the Improvement of Food Security with Welthungerhilfe 

The projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa aim to strengthen smallholder production systems sustainably to make them more resilient against future crises. 

Forum Fairer Handel

Forum Fairer Handel implemented a total of 33 projects in nine countries in Latin America and Asia. In Latin America, the consequences of the war against Ukraine led to sharp price fluctuations on the food market. 26 projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Nicaragua, and Honduras could mitigate the consequences of the war. In Peru, for example, Forum Fairer Handel supported the organic cultivation of local potatoes. In addition to procurements for the processing of local potatoes, various workshops were held on the topics of climate-resilient cultivation methods, pest control and digital data management. 

Members of the Agropia cooperative at a workshop on "Integrated management of pests and diseases in native potatoes", Peru 2023 © GIZ
Further information on the projects of Forum Fairer Handel

Further information on the projects of the Forum Fairer Handel and the Fund for Producer Partners can be found here:

  • In the Forum's factsheet on the Fund for Smallholder Farmers and Smallscale Producers
  • In the video documentary about the Forum's trading partners and their transformation process

Welthungerhilfe

Lebanon 

GIZ is also helping to strengthen local food markets in Lebanon. A grant agreement with Welthungerhilfe amounts to around EUR 2,204,000. In cooperation with the non-governmental organization Arc en Ciel, wheat and grain producers are to gain better market access through the development of a weekly agricultural market (BEM food outlet). The collaboration with The Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training (LOST) improves access to shared resources through an agro-industrial incubator. Access to the incubator enables smallholder farmers to improve the quality of their products, such as wheat or legumes, through efficient processing and packaging methods. The targeted technical support for smallholder farmers aims to further reduce production losses. The project is intended to reach a total of 31,250 individuals

Visit of the participating smallholder farmers and coaching on accounting © Welthungerhilfe Lebanon

Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Welthungerhilfe promotes the cultivation and local processing of coffee. To maintain the coffee value chain in the Jimma region, GIZ has entered into a grant agreement with Welthungerhilfe over one million euros. In total, the project aims to reach 13,207 smallholder households with 66,000 members.  

The measures include training on Good Agricultural Practices with focus on sustainable farm management, increasing yields, income diversification through beekeeping, processing and storage. This also includes measures to improve and expand the WASH-systems (water, sanitation, and hygiene) in the villages of the project region. For example, hygiene products were distributed, and a series of workshops were held on menstrual hygiene topics. 

Training on menstrual hygiene at the Sekala School © Welthungerhilfe Ethiopia

Uganda

Since November 2022, Welthungerhilfe has been implementing a project in Uganda that supports refugees and host communities in the West Nile region to mitigate the local impact of the global food crisis. A grant agreement between GIZ and Welthungerhilfe over EUR 820,000 aims to strengthen the resilience of local food and nutrition systems. The goal is to support more than 20,000 smallholder farmers in refugee and host communities to improve their food production through targeted training and procurement. Workshops on agronomic and climate-friendly farming methods were held in the beginning of 2023, enabling smallholder farmers to increase their food yields. In the spring months of 2023, beneficiaries received, among other things, vegetable seeds for the upcoming harvest season. 

Beneficiaries of the new irrigation systems sort tomatoes for sale on the market © Welthungerhilfe Uganda

Fairtrade International

Producers with Fairtrade certification are supported by the Fund for the Producer Partners of Fairtrade International. From summer 2023, smallholder farmers in a total of 14 countries were supported in strengthening their agricultural production systems against future crises through a grant agreement over EUR 825,000 with GIZ. For example, the projects support smallholder farmers in Brazil in sustainable fertilizer production, help to renovate old kitchens in Indonesia to produce coconut sugar, and promote beekeeping in Malawi as a means of income diversification. A total of 13,566 smallholder farmers are intended to benefit. 

What has been achieved so far? 

To date, more than 80,000 smallholder farmers in 23 countries around the world have been reached through the INA projects of the Emergency Aid Food Crisis. Through the procurement of goods, around 16,000 smallholder farmers were able to improve their production and processing capacities. Almost 24,000 smallholder farmers have participated in gender-sensitive trainings or trainings with a Training-of-Trainers approach to strengthen their skills in the agri-food sector. Finally, around 120 measures were implemented to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and their organizations against the consequences of the global food crisis.  

This project was commissioned by the SEWOH Fund for the promotion of innovation in the agricultural and food sector (i4Ag) and is implemented by the Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains.