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posted on 26 January, 2016

GFA at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin

Every year in January, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), a side event of the Green Week, is a special event for GFA. Three days of high level events put major agri-business partners and ministers of agriculture from key GFA focus countries in the limelight. This year, the event's theme was „How to feed our cities? Agriculture and rural areas in an era of urbanization“.
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posted on 28 January, 2016

GFA fund raising campaign for refugees in Hamburg

In 2015, more than 22,0000 refugees newly arrived  in Hamburg, bringing the total to 61,000. In light of this challenge to its host city, GFA was intent on contributing to regional help. The company launched an internal fund raising appeal with a special incentive: Every Euro donated by a staff member would be redoubled by GFA. A total of 7,435 euros donated by GFA employees were matched by GFA so that a total of 14,870 euros could be collected.
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posted on 29 January, 2016

Arts meet GFA: Hanno Edelmann

Pictures of Hanno Edelmann are on display at GFA headquarters from the end of January to the end of April 2016. His extensive works comprises paintings, sculptures and bronze reliefs are impressive. GFA exhibits some of his aquarelles, lithographies and wood cuts. The Hamburg painter received his artistic education at the Hamburg Academy of Performing Arts after long years as a prisoner of war in Siberia. He designed many church windows in Hamburg.
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posted on 3 February, 2016

Malaysia: a showcase for SCP policy making

In the period February 2012 to January 2016 the project Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policy Support Malaysia (SCP Malaysia) was implemented with funding by the European Union (EU) under the national policy component of the SWITCH-Asia Programme. The project had an outstanding performance and delivered excellent results; it has elevated SCP from a niche to a mainstream paradigm for the future development of Malaysia towards an advanced, inclusive and sustainable nation
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posted on 12 February, 2016

Sustainable cropping alternatives to irrigated rice cultivation in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam

Since 2011, GIZ together with Australia (DFAT) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) are implementing a project on integrated coastal zone management in the Mekong Delta  in Vietnam. Dyke construction and mangrove afforestation and maintenance help to protect the sensitive coastline of the Mekong Delta against erosion and bad weather conditions, and ensure a special habitat for endemic flora and fauna.
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posted on 22 February, 2016

Multi-Country baseline study for innovation centers in the agriculture and food sector (GIAE)

In a large-scale baseline study for the GIZ “Green Innovation Centers for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE)”, GFA is currently conducting over 5000 household interviews with commercially active smallholder farming enterprises in 10 (out of 13) GIAE countries. To ensure data quality, transparency, access and timely delivery, GFA is using a new mobile data collection method, using tablets, GPS-referencing and online data management and storage.

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posted on 10 March, 2016

TVET trainers upgrade skills in modern electrical installation

On behalf of the GIZ program Promotion of Economy and Employment GFA Consulting Group is responsible for technical teacher skills training in the context of technical and vocational education and training in Ruanda. In cooperation with the national Workforce Development Authority, 18 teachers specialized in electro-technics are upgraded as master trainers.

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posted on 1 April, 2016

GFA newsletter April 2016: Youth employment

Youth unemployment does not only lead to economic imbalances and widens the gap between the rich and the poor but also severely contributes to political instabil­ity. Country-specific medium-term strategies have to be defined in order to fight this dilemma.
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posted on 25 April, 2016

Monitoring and evaluation conference hosted by GFA

On 14 and 15 April 2016, GFA hosted the annual conference of the German Evaluation Society working group on development policy in Hamburg. About 85 participants discussed “Monitoring and Evaluation in Settings of Fragility – What to do in Afghanistan, Syria, Sierra Leone?” The conference aimed at fostering dialogue among practitioners working in and on German development cooperation. GFA experts shared their experiences with an M&E system in Afghanistan.... more

posted on 2 May, 2016

Change in management of GFA Certification

As of May 2016, Jörn Ackermann has assumed the position of Managing Director with GFA Certification. He holds an MSc degree in wood sci­ence and technology and has worked as a consultant in the wood and forest sector. Since 2009, he has been working for GFA Cer­tification as a freelance auditor... more