With the projects we are running together with our partners in Africa, we aim to establish a long-term collaborative partnership. All of our teaching and research activities are heavily practice-oriented and therefore help to develop solutions for actual challenges.
In September 2017, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and HSWT signed a joint declaration relating to their collaboration to promote training and further education and networking for African university graduates. HSWT was entrusted to deliver the 'Training Pact with Africa' (AmA), with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) as part of their Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIC) The Training Pact with Africa comprises five key measures: partnerships, training and further education, as well as international postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. The initial phase of the training pact is concerned with establishing a broad foundation for application-centred, vocational and academic training. The expansion phase of the training pact focuses on implementing practical support to apply the knowledge acquired in a local setting. In 2018 and 2019, two five-month postgraduate courses were run for African students. In the postgraduate course that took place in 2019, Josef Göppel, formerly a member of German parliament and now the BMZ Commissioner for Renewable Energies, was involved in the planning of the project work. As part of the Training Pact with Africa, the most successful participants from the postgraduate course regularly receive support from HSWT and the BayWa Foundation to implement the results of their project work in practice. As part of the launch event for the Training Pact with Africa in May 2019, Federal Minister Dr Gerd Müller announced the 'Technology and Application Pact' (TAP) – a collaboration between the ministry and HSWT. The fields of action cover the entire value chain, from innovative methods of cultivation and locally adapted seeds, to adapted mechanisation, linking training and further education with innovations, all the way through to improved post-harvest protection, storage and subsequent processing on site.
Another important project is the 'Bavarian-Ethiopian Alliance for Applied Life Sciences'. The Alliance was formed in October 2019 and is sponsored by the Bavarian State Chancellery as part of its initiative to promote stability and development in Africa. HSWT’s mission is to create a network of Ethiopian partners in the field of academia and higher education, and to share its expertise on the topic of ‘applied teaching’. With this as the foundation, HSWT wants to take the model of applied science universities – as is practised by HSWT itself – and to work actively with its Ethiopian partners to adapt and develop the model to their situation. Within this project, HSWT is focusing on the key issues of agriculture and forestry, as well as horticulture, food processing, environmental planning and environmental protection.
HSWT is also working on various initiatives to develop the field of applied research on the African continent. Examples include the lnnFo research project, which analyses the effects of innovation strategies on the poverty levels and food security of small farmers in Tanzania, and the SPACES SGD research programme, which analyses the impact of changes in land use on water resources in South Africa. Furthermore, several ongoing research projects by HSWT, for example in fields such as agrophotovoltaics or smart irrigation, are yielding results that are of significant relevance to our partners in Africa.