Task Forces 2024


What is a Task Force?

It operates following the mandate set out by the German government and is categorised thematically under different Working Groups. In order to promote greater collaboration between and across relevant sectors, SNRD Asia and the Pacific has set up joint work clusters with other networks in the region, namely Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia (TUEWAS) and Sector Network Governance Asia (SNGA).

Blue Carbon

Blue Carbon means carbon sequestration in coastal and marine ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrasses and is internationally widely discussed as a climate change mitigation approach. Approaches on how to deal with Blue Carbon in development context needs political, financial, and technical innovative solutions while at the same time applying cross-sectoral and integrated approaches. Knowledge management and transfer will be crucial for GIZ to stay up to date, to develop ideas based on best practice and available scientific research.
  • Exchange of knowledge and political/financial strategies on Blue Carbon.
  • A solid understanding of Blue Carbon is developed.
  • SWOT analysis on how GIZ is positioned regarding strategies for Blue Carbon approaches is developed.
  • A portfolio analysis of GIZs blue carbon related projects is developed and analysed to give guidance on future strategic (business) development opportunities.

Inclusive Agroecology: Advancing Gender-Transformative Practices

The Proposed Gender Integration in Agroecology Task Force is a dedicated team composed of experts in agroecology, gender studies, project management, and stakeholder engagement. Its primary objective is to develop a user-friendly guidebook with step-by-step guidance and real-world examples facilitating the integration of women and marginalized groups into agroecology systems through a Gender-Transformative Approach (GTA). The guidebook aims to empower women and marginalised groups, promote gender equality, and optimize the impact of agroecological practices. Aligned with GIZ's commitment to the Feminist Development Policy, Asia Development Strategy and SDGs, this initiative significantly contributes to SDG 5 (Gender Equality), and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), fostering a more sustainable and equitable transformation in the food security system.
  • The primary objective is to identify projects and colleagues with a strategic interest and focus on agroecology and gender, for fostering innovation within the Task Force's scope to address challenges and seize opportunities. The task force will jointly look at enhancing members' skills and knowledge to develop an impactful guidebook for strengthening the integration of women and marginalized groups in implementing agroecological principles in all related projects in Asia Pacific Region. This guidebook will aim to address the current void in practical resources and provide a roadmap for integrating gender equality in agroecological approaches, thereby fostering a more equitable and sustainable agricultural sector and food systems scenario. By translating the principles of a Gender-Transformative Approach into actionable strategies, the guidebook reinforces the commitment to gender equality and facilitates the seamless adoption of gender-transformative practices in agroecological systems.

Implementing aquaculture in multiple crisis scenarios

Aquaculture, especially carried out by small-scale producers, is a viable source of protein and an important factor in combating malnutrition. However, multiple crises, e.g. armed conflict, climate change, rising prices of commodities lead to unsuccessful interventions and missed opportunities. This task force will gather the needs of small-scale farmers to successfully operate in a crisis scenario and explore pathways for successful and sustainable aquaculture activities in rural and urban areas.
  • Mapp out different crisis scenarios for small scale aquaculture and elaborate possible contingency measures.
  • Elaborate a checklist for crisis preparedness, e.g. for aquaculture in drought.
  • Elaborate a mitigation plan for different scenarios as a policy brief (desk top study).