Speaking out against empty promises with hard facts

Small farmers in Nicaragua are taking steps together to defend against major agricultural enterprises that want to import genetically modified seeds. Thanks to field trials financed by SWISSAID, they can prove that local varieties are more economical and respond with greater resistance to climate fluctuations – and yield harvests which are just as plentiful.

Video: Organic Farming Ends Hunger

Organic farming helps poor farmers find a way out of poverty and hunger. This video lists the most convincing points.

Club of Rome presents new campaign


Niger: Programme Overview and Projects


  • Now happily doing their business

    Now happily doing their business

    On 19 November, it is World Toilet Day. What many people may smile about has a serious background: sanitation systems are in scarce supply in impoverished countries and the consequences are devastating. For that reason, donations support the construction of latrines – and drinking water supply systems. This gives women and children more time and energy to work and learn and generally improves everyone’s health.
  • A millet variety is conquering the world

    A millet variety is conquering the world

    There is too little of everything: water, food, seed, fertile fields, even trees. This is typical of Abala region in the Sahel country of Niger. Local millet seed is the bringer of hope – the seed is appetising for humans, but the birds avoid it.
  • Water shortage in Niger: where is the nearest well?

    Water shortage in Niger: where is the nearest well?

    A hot, dry region, 90,000 men, women and children and only 208 water collection points with many of them faulty or dried up – the prospects are not good. SWISSAID is active in 21 villages to make sure the water begins to flow again.
  • “The crises are coming closer and closer”

    “The crises are coming closer and closer”

    More and more people and less and less to eat – this is the alarming conclusion. But the people of Birni N’Gaouré in Niger are hanging in there. With the support of SWISSAID they are battling the crises – and improving their lives little by little.
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