Financial partners

Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos)

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues (discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of the planet’s resources) and focusses on achieving structural change. Hivos cooperates with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations and shares with their partners a dream of sustainable economies and inclusive societies. The Organization works on advocacy and campaigns directed at governments, international institutions, businesses and citizens in the North or at the global level. Hivos works in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

More information about Hivos: www.hivos.org

Contacts for ProEcoAfrica at Hivos

Willy Douma
Raamweg 16
2596 HL
The Hague, Netherlands
Phone +31 (0)70 376-5500
wdouma(at)hivos.org

Dr Willy Douma is analytical, intuitive and seeks connections. She feels inspired by and committed to work on sustainability issues in agriculture and food systems. She brings broad experiences and continues to develop those together with change agents from around the world from public and private sectors. Willy Douma helps to facilitate change, implement programmes on green issues in society and keeps an eye on the joy factor.

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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services.

Among its activities in the priority topic Agriculture and Food Security SDC contributes to a strengthening of agricultural research for development (ARD). Two of SDC’s focus areas in ARD are:

  • Assessing the potential of organic agricultural farming systems in tropical and other ecosystems.
  • Supporting the development and scale up of innovative crop improvement technologies and management systems that enhance production system productivity.

SDC co-finances the project ‘Productivity and Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems: A Comparative Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa' of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and its partners in Ghana and Kenya, as well as at regional and global levels.

More information about SDC: www.sdc.admin.ch

Contacts for ProEcoAfrica at SDC

Peter Sidler
First Secretary
Development Cooperation
Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Old Airport
Lideta Kifle Ketema
Kebele 02/03
P.O. Box 1106, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone +251 11 371-2805
peter.sidler(at)eda.admin.ch

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Stiftung Mercator Schweiz (Mercator Foundation Switzerland)

Mercator Foundation Switzerland is committed to a dedicated and open-minded society that deals responsibly with the environment and that provides children and adolescents with equal education opportunities. For this purpose, the foundation initiates projects and supports initiatives of organizations and institutions that share its objectives. The foundation supports scientific and practice-based projects, empowers organizations in their development and aims to ensure that experiences and knowledge are disseminated. The support of young people in Switzerland plays a central role in the foundation’s work.

More information about Mercator Foundation Schweiz: www.stiftung-mercator.ch

Contacts for OFSA at Mercator Foundation Switzerland

Stephanie Huber
Project Manager
Gartenstrasse 33
Postfach 2148
8022 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone +41 (0)44 206-5581
s.huber(at)stiftung-mercator.ch

Ms. Stephanie Huber studied Geography at the Universities of Zurich and Berne. At Mercator Foundation Switzerland, she is particularly in charge of "ecological farming and nutrition" as one main concern and area of action of the foundation. In addition, she provides support to projects in the fields of "sufficiency" and "international cooperation".

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