Mutual success and growth assured for fish farm and smallholder farmers in northern Malawi as partnership is saved from derailment

As sales dropped in a central market due to COVID fears, an asset grant enabled Viphya Chambo to buy and repurpose a three-wheeled vehicle to expand delivery, meet consumer demand and live up to its purchasing commitment.

Trust in experts and strong team work leads to significant outcomes in achieving EU goal of “working better together”

Reflections from experts and EU officials on experiences, deliverables, and learnings from a project to support closer collaboration to implement the 2030 Agenda tell a story of a successful working relationship that not even a pandemic could derail.

“When there is no conflict, I am less stressed …”

A long-term, Swiss-funded project delivering agro-biodiversity-based livelihood models to farmers in Lao PDR’s mountainous uplands delivers on its promises.

No one left behind: ensuring people with disabilities have access to and are involved in water and sanitation planning and management

Pioneering disability inclusive water points and sanitation, the COWASH project in Ethiopia is a national leader in empowering persons with disabilities to be part of the development process as equal partners.

A driving force in Burkina Faso’s agri-business trade, female entrepreneurs tap into Danish funds to create jobs and improve livelihoods

Women-owned businesses come out as winners in a private sector development programme focussed on increasing productivity and added value of agricultural incomes

"A perfect 10" – participants rate study tour experience and insights gained on how to be a successful dairy farmer

Twelve current and future leaders of the Zambian dairy industry travelled to New Zealand to soak up knowledge and inspiration and understand how “dairy as a business” has grown in the country from the 1800s to today.

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With 22 hectares of land and a lot of will, a Mozambican women’s village savings and loan group starts commercial forest plantation

Thanks to a new grant to generate sustainable rural income and restore degraded forest areas, the Nathelaca Association is launching a business to sell firewood to tea and tobacco companies in Mozambique

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The early bird misses the drought and increases yield

It is probably fair to say many farmers in Zambia are anxiously awaiting the rains following patterns of poor rainfall in the past few years. One farmer has made sure that, when the rain does come, he’ll be ready to make the most of the precious precipitation.

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What's in a name?

This past June, a family in Torit, South Sudan, christened their newborn "Niras" in appreciation of the positive impact stemming from a six-year Dutch-funded integrated water resources management project

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Creating new and sustaining existing agri-jobs in Mali

With co-financing and training support from Danida, small and medium-sized businesses, cooperatives, and public-private partnerships have upgraded operations and improved infrastructure, increasing income and improving livelihoods

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From hobby to profession: one welder's story

After undergoing on-the-job training as part of the E2E programme in Serbia, this young man managed to align his passion with his career

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The early adopter bringing others on board

After receiving help to improve his dairy farming enterprise, Gilbert Mweemba wants to give back by teaching his rural neighbours everything he knows

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With practical hands-on advice, South Sudanese farmers are finally seeing returns

Working side by side with farmers, a local agribusiness support service showcases the potential for success.

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Four women providing business answers to Africa’s challenges – with a little help from FemBioBiz

The four women entrepreneurs who won Season 2 of the NEPAD SANBio FemBioBiz Programme in 2018 all have one thing in common: the drive to find innovative solutions through business.

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Youth employment programme benefits the unemployed and local businesses alike

While the From Education to Employment Programme focuses on raising the employability and creating employment for Serbian youths, the approach it takes also benefits the local business partners, such as the Silikon Komerc Company in Kruševac.

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A simple intervention to minimise fodder wastage improves smallholder farmer's productivity

The Zambia Dairy Transformation Programme is drawing on international skills and experience to improve the lives of smallholder dairy farmers in Central and Copperbelt Provinces. For one farmer and her family, a simple new system is having an impressive impact.

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FemBioBiz country coordinator leads by example to empower women entrepreneurs in Zambia

In a bid to keep supporting women-owned businesses after donor funding came to an end, WECREATE Executive Director Nambula Kachumi led the organisation’s transition to a social enterprise and found a sustainable business model that serves as an example to the women they help.

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How a programme in Western Kenya changed hundreds of thousands of lives

NIRAS has been part of improving the livelihoods of up to half a million people through the now completed Programme for Agriculture and Livelihoods of Western Communities (PALWECO).

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Land registration opens a door to further opportunity

After getting their second-level land certification, Adamu Tilaneh and his wife, Haimanot Abie Belay, were able to finance their new business.

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Farmer gives back after the Community Forests Pemba project helped save his crop

After the team from a local project help save Kibano Omar Kibano’s vanilla crop, he joined the EU-funded programme and uses the training he received to train others.

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Safe and sustainable agriculture pays off for one Cambodia cucumber farmer

The Core Agriculture Support Programme (CASP II) agriculture project is transforming the Great Mekong Subregion into a hub for safe and sustainable agricultural products. One farmer recounts how his prospects have improved.

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Education to Employment (E2E) helps hard-to-place youth find employment and acceptance

It was impossible for Semin Dolovac to find a job until an E2E-arranged training programme and his hard work gave him the chance he needed.

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AgroBIG helped me get better prices for my potatoes

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ joint initiative with the Government of Ethiopia – AgroBIG – is making a difference by giving women entrepreneurs a chance to succeed ... particularly in the life of one woman potato wholesaler.

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Community members report multiple benefits from Tana Beles watershed project in Ethiopia

The Tana Beles watershed project in Ethiopia has become a regional role model, creating benefits for the entire community - poor and rich, young and old, workers and unemployed, as well as disabled people. Some share their story.

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Serbian women bake for sweet empowerment and a life without violence

Despite various laws in place to protect domestic violence victims in Serbia, the reality on the ground means that women like 23-year-old Kristina can’t easily escape abusive husbands. But by giving her on-the-job training, the From Education to Employment (E2E) programme has given her - and other marginalised individuals - a shot at a new life.