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posted on 12 April, 2017

Facilitating market access for yak herders in Mongolia

In 2013 – 2016, the Green Gold program financed by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) aimed at promoting collective actions for sustainable rangeland management and improving herders’ access to markets and know-how. GFA, together with consortium partner GEFAK, was responsible for Component 4, i.e. the facilitation of market access by linking yak and camel herders to processing companies. The primary beneficiaries of the project were about 25,000 herders in Western Mongolia, about 25 processors and various facilitators in the market system.
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posted on 7 April, 2017

Support towards the Continental Free Trade Area for Africa

In January 2017, a team of a GFA-led consortium kicked off a cooperation project of the African Union Commission Secretariat and the EU Delegation to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The EU-funded project will provide technical studies in support of African Union negotiation process for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) for Africa. Now the first in a series of studies has been commissioned.... more

posted on 16 March, 2017

GFA supports EU Gateway and Business Avenues Program

The program's objective is to strengthen the presence of European small and medium enterprises in key markets and contribute to economic growth in the EU. Since 2016, the program's Central Management Unit has been implemented  by GFA in promoting trade, investment and business cooperation in key markets such as China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and since 2017 also Japan. Links to these markets are created by using the Gateway methodology for market entry and business services. ... more

posted on 13 March, 2017

GFA newsletter 01/2017: Northern Afghanistan

Poverty alleviation is one of the cornerstones of global development policy. In this respect, this issue of our newsletter showcases Northern Afghanistan. Five examples from GFA’s work there show that rural families' livelihoods can be improved by introducing best practices in agriculture and natural resources management, and enhancing rural value chains, school education, vocational education and training as well as good governance. ... more

posted on 11 March, 2017

GFA supports rural Peru in mitigating and adapting to climate change

On 1 March 2017, the Peruvian Agricultural Bank signed a contract with a consortium of GFA and a local partner concerning the implementation of the Combating Climate Change in Agriculture project financed by the Latin American Investment Facility of the European Union and a credit line provided by the French Development Agency. This will allow the bank to consolidate its portfolio of investment projects in efforts related to climate change.... more

posted on 10 March, 2017

GFA supports Easter Run of Lions Club in Volksdorf, Hamburg

The Lions Club Hamburg will organize its annual Easter Run on Saturday, 15 April, 2017 in Volksdorf, Hamburg. Subsequently, a family-friendly Easter bonfire will be staged. The event's proceeds will be donated to the Erlenbusch children's home. As GFA supports the event with a donation, a GFA Run for children starts in the afternoon.... more

posted on 10 March, 2017

Female Moroccan entrepreneurs learn about prerequisites for success in business

As part of a GIZ program (TAM III) in Morocco, GFA experts support the national business development agency for small and medium-sized enterprises in training 3,000 entrepreneurs. In February 2017, the first workshop took place in Temara. After a three-day training, women engaged in tailoring and the production of confects and pastries concluded “So far, we have somehow kept our heads above the water, but now we have learned how to swim.” ... more

posted on 8 March, 2017

Recently won project - Projekt-Consult: EU-Latin America Mineral Development Network Platform

A consortium led by Projekt-Consult has the mandate of establishing a network platform for continuous and structured cooperation on a mutual benefit basis between EU and Latin American authorities, industry, business... more

posted on 23 February, 2017

Art meets GFA: Alejandro Soto

Alejandro Soto, born in 1962, originates from Valparaiso in Chile where he studied architecture in the 1980s before he moved to Germany in 1990. His work often refers to urban themes while his oil painting exhibits partly express subjects from Valparaiso... more

posted on 16 February, 2017

Advancing sustainable consumption and production in Asia

The EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Network Facility, promotes knowledge on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and dissemination of SCP best practices from 95 grant projects supported by the SWITCH-Asia program in 17 Asian countries. The Facility is implemented by a consortium led by GFA. In January 2017 the Facility published Sustainable Asia, one of the most comprehensive studies on the status of SCP in various Asian countries to date. ... more