The GIZ assists the German government in the field of international cooperation.
The GIZ German Agency for International Cooperation service provider has offices in Germany and many other countries across the globe and more than 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The vision: "We work to shape a future worth living around the world."
In Costa Rica, coffee production makes up 9 percent of country's greenhouse gas emissions. Fertilizers, especially nitrogen-based fertilizers, release the most emissions. But now, farmers are learning more eco-friendly techniques with help from Germany's GIZ development agency. Transforming the coffee sector, they hope, will help Costa Rica reach its goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2021.
Germany's overseas development agency, GIZ, has suspended operations in Afghanistan's capital after a German aid worker was abducted there on Tuesday. Sitting in a car outside her office building in Kabul in broad daylight, the woman was reportedly taken away by armed gunmen. DW's Florian Weigand has firsthand experience of aid work in Afghanistan and tells us about the dangers.