The Konrad Adenauer Foundation stands up for a world without hunger. There are still over 800 million people worldwide suffering from malnutrition. Hunger causes conflict and migration. Therefore, the KAS is engaged in fighting food insecurity in the context of the special initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is active in ten African countries.
In Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, DRC and Kenya, the focus lies on building capacities of political decision makers on national and local levels in order to enable them to react at an early stage to factors that can lead to food insecurity. The overall objective is that political decision makers use early warning systems, know how to react and apply existing strategies to prevent crises.
In Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso, the project aims at strengthening the land ownership and land use rights for women. The objective is for women in the project regions to have a secure and fair access to resources and land.
In which Regions are we active?
In Kenya, we are active in two regions: Baringo und West-Pokot. In the DRC, we are implementing projects in selected districts of the provinces Katanga, Southern Kivu and Orientale. In the Sahel region, we have projects in the border region of Liptako-Gourma between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
In Benin, we are active in the provinces Atlantique and Littoral, in Burkina Faso in the provinces Seno as well as in Gourma and Tapoa and in Togo, the focus areas are the provinces of Sud-Est Maritime and Kara. In Namibia, we are implementing activities in the four regions Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikotoreg. Whereas in Malawi, we are active in the two districts Mzimba and Zomba, in Zimbabwe our focus regions are Midlands and Manicaland.
With whom we work?
- Government officials and representatives of public authorities on national and local levels
- Parliamentarians and political parties
- Civil Society Organizations
- Traditional authorities and leaders of religious communities
- Agricultural and Farmers’ Associations
- Journalists and media representatives (as multipliers)
- Women, especially widows and singles / educators
- General Public
What are we doing?
- Capacity Building of local administration units and actors from civil society, e.g. on the causes of vulnerability and on the early warning systems
- Training seminars for political decision makers, aiming at them to adapt local development plans for improved crisis prevention
- Trainings for parliamentarians on practical legislation on crisis prevention. The goal is to facilitate a debate on food security and crisis prevention in the national committees.
- Creation of training books to transmit knowledge on local early warning systems also on lower administrational levels
- Sensitization and training of women and traditional authorities in rural areas on the codified and traditional law context, on civil rights, especially land rights and family law, purchase, and acquisition as well as inheritance of land
- Training of mobile mediators (paralegals and parasurveyors) who support the women and mediate in case of problematic cases and questions
- Facilitation of networking and dialogue platforms for national institutions, politicians, and representatives of civil society on a local level as well as traditional authorities
- Training seminars on lobbying and advocacy at all political levels
- Sensitization measures for the broad population, partly in local languages: radio and TV discussions, roadshows, and comics
- Trainings for journalists to increase and improve the coverage on food security