Development policy

  • Food sovereignty

    Food sovereignty

    815 million people continue to suffer globally from hunger, even though enough food is being produced. In particular, it is unfair that two thirds of them live in rural areas – namely, where our food is produced. One of their main problems is a lack of co-determination rights. Therefore, SWISSAID is campaigning for food sovereignty – the right of everyone to determine their own agricultural and food policy and to produce food ecologically, socially and locally.
  • Genetic technology does not eliminate hunger

    Genetic technology does not eliminate hunger

    Rather than reducing world hunger, the use of genetic modification in agriculture is making it worse. Genetically modified seed is not living up to the promises made by industry.
  • No Patents on Life!

    No Patents on Life!

    Patents on animals, plants and seeds impose barriers on social and economic development for small farmers in developing countries.
  • Organic farming and agroecology

    Organic farming and agroecology

    Nature is the best model: based on the functioning of natural ecosystems nature’s interdependencies are deliberately harnessed and promoted in organic farming and agroecology. In this way, hunger can be biologically combatted with appropriate practices, local seed and a combination of traditional and modern knowledge. SWISSAID has been practising and implementing agroecology for more than 20 years.
  • Genetic engineering and patents

    Genetic engineering and patents

    Expensive and patented high-tech seeds, in particular those which have been genetically modified, are of no benefit to farming families because they have to be bought new every year. In addition, the rights of the farmers are restricted, denying them the ability to decide how to use their seeds. Up to now, the promises of genetic engineering have not been met; quite the contrary in fact: The social and ecological problems have worsened. The sustainable battle against hunger has changed.
  • Gender Equality

    Gender Equality

    Gender equality plays a central role for SWISSAID, and not only in our project work. We believe that both women and men should have equal opportunity, in all areas of work and at all institutional levels, to pursue their interests, contribute their needs and ideas and be treated with respect.
  • Natural resources

    Natural resources

    You would think that countries that have oil, gold or diamonds would be wealthy but in reality, the opposite is frequently the case. Mineral resources are more of a curse than a blessing, because they encourage corruption, armed conflict and environmental pollution. The good news is that there are remedies.
  • Businesses too must respect human rights

    Businesses too must respect human rights

    The activities of multinational companies continue to have negative ecological and social consequences in developing countries. SWISSAID calls for big business to comply with the rules for maintaining international environmental and human rights standards.
  • End hunger - the organic way

    End hunger - the organic way

    It’s actually absurd: although the region is fertile, almost the only onions available in Guinea-Bissau are imported from Senegal and Holland. But domestic cultivation only has positives: it is an effective way of fighting hunger and providing families with urgently needed cash.