Cooperation for Development: Sharing Expertise
K+S KALI GmbH plays an active role in international cooperation for development for development. “We would like to share our extensive knowledge on fertilisation and on appropriate plant nutrition, and to contribute to international networks and partnerships,” Dr. Andreas Gransee, Director of Applied Research and Advisory Service Agro of K+S KALI GmbH, explains the motivation of the company's commitment. “With this expertise, we can make a significant contribution to food security. Agriculture has a great potential for reducing poverty in threshold and developing countries, a potential that is waiting to be tapped.”
Growth for Uganda
In the “Growth for Uganda“ Project, K+S KALI GmbH and the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) advise smallholders on cultivating their crops.more
Unnat Krishi Project in India
“Unnat Krishi” may be translated as better agriculture. In this project, aimed at promoting rural village development in India, K+S KALI GmbH is partnered with the S M Sehgal Foundation. more
Our Guiding Principle: Fair Partnerships
Die K+S KALI GmbH is aware of its ethical responsibility and the need for international solidarity. Our commitment aims at improving living conditions all over the world. Within the scope of our projects, we strive to realize fair partnerships, benefiting all of the parties involved. The two emphases of our development cooperation are development-oriented agricultural research and the transfer of knowledge to agricultural practice.
K+S KALI GmbH is a member of the German Food Partnership (GFP), an initiative joining German and international food-processing and agricultural companies, associations and foundations industries, the public sector, as well as companies from emerging economies and developing countries. GFP was founded in 2012, and was originally named Deutsche Initiative für Agrarwirtschaft und Ernährung in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsändern (German initiative for agriculture and food in emerging economies and developing countries – DIAE) but was later renamed, and is supported by the GIZ, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The initiative's members aim at raising the productivity and the efficiency along local and regional agricultural value chains. The objective is to improve the access of local farmers and populations to production factors, markets and to foodstuffs.
Development-oriented Agricultural Research in International Networks
The research activities of K+S KALI GmbH pick up on issues with particular relevance to the development of sustainable agriculture in developing countries, and are aimed at providing answers to some of the most urgent questions.
When it comes to providing sufficient staple foods to their populations, many African countries are facing great challenges. Potato cultivation is the fourth most important staple food, due to its high nutritional value. It is therefore an obvious question which potential potato cultivation could have creating food security in African countries. This question is also at the focus of our cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Potato Center in Peru (CIP). Administrative support for the research initiative is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
All around the world, K+S KALI GmbH has established research projects in cooperation with universities and recognised research institutions, in pursuit of answers to pertinent questions concerning plant nutrition. Check our world map to discover examples of our International Research Projects.
HarvestZinc, a project co-financed by K+S KALI GmbH, investigates options for raising cereal zinc contents by applying appropriate fertilisation.
In large parts of the world, people do not only suffer from hunger, but also from nutrient deficiencies (hidden hunger). The research project HarvestZinc investigates options for combating zinc-deficiencies by targeted fertilisation of the cereals intended for human consumption. The project is part of the programme HarvestPlus, and is co-financed by K+S KALI GmbH.
Knowledge Transfer as a Tool for Improving the Living Conditions of Small Farmers
In evolving economies and in developing countries, agriculture is characterised by a large proportion of subsistence farming. Families produce foodstuffs mainly for their own needs. Only surplus products are sold on the local markets. Due to the farming methods used, the proceeds are generally very low. Even relatively small improvements of the cultivation techniques, such as the utilisation of mineral fertilisers, may significantly raise yields and improve soil fertility.
This is why K+S KALI GmbH participates in projects aimed at improving the food production know-how of small farmers. In these projects we cooperate with recognised local partner organisations, which are familiar with local conditions and the existing structures. For our African project “Growth for Uganda”, our partner organisation is the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), which has been highly successful in implementing the innovative Farmer Learning Platforms in Uganda.
For the project “Unnat Krishi” we have found an experienced local partner: the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD). IRRAD is an initiative of the S.M. Sehgal Foundation, an organisation committed to improving the living conditions in India's rural communities.