The German Federal Government supports the development of 14 „green innovation centres for the agriculture and food sector“, thirteen of them in Africa (Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia, Togo und Tunisia) and one in India. They are part of the „ONE WORLD, NO HUNGER“ initative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The project is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The main objectives of the 14 green innovation centres are raising agricultural productivity as well as the processing of food economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. The aim is to combate Hunger, Malnutrition and poverty.
Innovation means change in routines. Innovation can be technical or organisational.
Since March 2016 a cross-country working group on Organic Agriculture (Community of Practice) has been established to make organic agriculture beneficial for small scale farmers of the green innovation centre program.
Currently, nine countries are involved: India, Ethiopia, Benin, Mali, Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Togo.