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The project “Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector” is part of the special initiative One World – No Hunger of the BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

About the project

The project addresses poverty and hunger by establishing green innovation centres for the agriculture and food sector in 15 countries, amongst them India.

GIZ implements the project in selected states of India in collaboration with the expertise support of DGRV as one of the implementing partners. The project region is focused on supporting tomato and potato based value chains in selected districts of the Indian states Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (only tomato value chains).

DGRV has been a partner of the GIZ Green Innovation Centres (GIC) in India for almost four years until now. DGRV’s role is to contribute experience from the German cooperative movement into the development of farmer producer organisations (FPO) which are formed or strengthened in the course of the value chain promotion approach the GIC are pursuing. In this, DGRV is coordinating closely with its local partner APMAS – (Andhra Pradesh) Mahila Abhivruddhi Society.

The objective of the programme is aimed at leveraging innovations in the agriculture and food sector to increase the incomes of small-scale farming enterprises, increased employment in the agriculture and food sector, and an improved regional food supply. The project acts within the following fields of intervention:

  1. Value chain support through innovations;
  2. Promotion of partnerships within and along the value chain;
  3. Creation of Knowledge and Learning systems for the agriculture and food industry;
  4. Improvement of the framework conditions.

For scaling up of the project interventions/ innovations and for the sustainability of the project, formation of the farmer’s institutions i.e Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) is a crucial component of the project and in this direction, the project has been actively organising the farmers at different levels. FPOs are farmers owned business enterprises being governed and managed by farmers themselves. Hence, proper capacity development of these FPOs is necessary from the formation stage itself.

For this purpose, DGRV as implementing partner interacts with the farmers groups for vision building exercises and for building the capacity of the implementing agencies staff on business planning.

These FPOs needs to be capacitated for developing proper business plans with strategic approaches to do business and to serve the members. Proper handholding is also required for leadership development among the Board of Directors, setting up of proper self-governance systems, capacity development of the staffs of the FPOs etc. Though, these FPOs undergo financial audit through professional auditors as per the statutory requirement, proper institutional assessment will not happen which is crucial for sustainable running of organisation. Also there FPOs lacks in proper book keeping system which is very much essential for business enterprises. Hence, developing good user friendly accounting/book keeping system and providing guideline /framework for rigorous institutional assessment will help them to become self-owned and controlled companies.

In order to improve their living and working conditions, farmers need to join together to create producer groups via which they can market their potatoes and tomatoes. In cooperation with DGRV, the Indian NGO APMAS is establishing four such groups as part of the GIC in India. These actions will bring together up to 4,000 farmers in total.

Project Objective

By promoting cooperative self-help, the project’s objective is to increase the economic and social participation of broad sections of the population and to the improvement of local and regional economic and social structures. The project aims to strengthen cooperative structures, particularly in agriculture, the small business sector and the financial sector. Cooperative self-help systems develop further (into multi-stage systems) and enable the integration of economically disadvantaged groups and regions into the economic process and thus into society. The project thus contributes to increasing prosperity in selected Indian states, to improving general living conditions and thus to poverty reduction (overall objective).

Target Groups

The target groups at the micro level are primarily members of FPOs. In FPOs especially the management level and their network structures are to be strengthened through targeted activities and training.
Secondary target groups at the meso level are federations and network structures at FPO level.


  • Cooperative knowledge trainings, seminars, capacity (building) trainings
  • Capacity development on governance, leadership, organizational audit
  • Business Plan Trainings
  • Cooperative Advisory and technical assistance
  • Knowledge development
  • Training Materials, Manuals, Studies


The project is part of the special initiative One World – No Hunger funded by the BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Social Development Goals

With its activities, the GIC project contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to:


Some activity highlights in 2019 include:

  • Continued strengthening of the first cooperative audit federation for SHGs in Kamareddy District, Telangana State
  • Continued build-up of a model Farmer Producer Organisation
  • Trainings on cooperative principles for selected self-help groups in Myanmar in cooperation with DGRV Myanmar
  • Conduction of an international exchange event within the framework of the GIZ Green Innovation Centre in India on FPOs


APMAS – (Andhra Pradesh) Mahila Abhivruddhi Society is an NGO with which a successful cooperation with the DGRV exists since 2007. In the East Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, APMAS is the leading professional organisation in the areas of capacity building, strengthening and quality assessment of self-help groups and other local community-based organisations (CBOs) as well as in questions of securing livelihoods in rural regions.

Office & Employees

DGRV’s activities within the framework of the Green Innovation Centre India are coordinated and supervised from its headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

DGRV – Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V.
Adenauerallee 121, D-53113 Bonn

The responsible contact person is
Korbinian März
T. +49 228 8861 234 F. +49 228 8861 356

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