Dieter Heine (right) is the new chairman of the foundation board. This obligation is passed on to him from Gerhard Müller (left) who has held this position since 2010. As an extraordinarily committed chairman, Gerhard Müller set essential standards for the foundation’s work. He always identified himself very strongly with the foundation’s aims. In 2010 he visited a project in Uganda to get an on-site impression of the development. The Board of Directors and the executives are grateful to Mr. Müller and cordially thank him for his valuable honorary commitment that has been an asset to the work of the foundation.


In July 2013 and with financial support from the ERBACHER Foundation, the Welthungerhilfe started an 18-month project to support orphans at Mbira Elementary School in Malawi. The partner organization RESCOPE implements the plan and wants to improve the nutritional situation of school children in Southern and Eastern Africa through ecologically worthwhile school and domestic gardens.


Tushikane visits ERBACHER Foundation and speaks about land grabbing in Tanzania

Joachim Schmitt first visited Tanzania in 1993. When he went back to revisit the country, the people and familiar places in 2010, he took his wife and children along. He spoke to people, observed and listened closely. He quickly realized that there was something wrong. “At some places in the country, one would notice a sort of strange irritation.” He couldn’t sleep peacefully any longer. “In turn for a chicken presented to us by a Tanzanian farmer, we wanted to give our thanks by conducting a survey in the country.” This resulted in the foundation of the Tushikane association and a lot of voluntary commitment and work for the rural population of Tanzania.


In October, the Foundation Board decided upon the repartition of development funds. 14 projects in 10 countries were approved. Among them are 10 partner organizations we already know and 4 new ones. 7 of the approved programs have been supported before. The projects promote rural development and range from the breeding of guinea pigs in South America through drinking water supplies in the Sahel to sustainable agriculture in South Asia.


Verena Stamm from Burundi and Martina Wziontek from Cologne are visiting the ERBACHER Foundation:

Presentation for the employees of Josera/Erbacher


At the CPIA model farm in Togo, nine people are training to become agriculturalists. In the future, they will be working as disseminators in their villages. What moves and motivates the trainees?


“Today, it’s all about self-fulfillment.” Alfa Boda’s class starts off with this sentence. Because agriculture is more than an occupational profile. It’s a lifestyle that demands a lot from every individual.


“La vie est cher” – most people in Burundi complain about life having become expensive. It’s hardest on those who haven’t had much to live off to begin with. Whether it’s farmers, retail dealers or haulage contractors: Everybody has to work hard to maybe afford a plate of corn mush with beans for dinner. A family member getting sick can quickly lead to financial disaster.

In comparison to 2006, most prices have doubled and some even tripled. Speculations with aliment on the other side of the earth have led to this explosion of prices. Also responsible are the loss in value of the Burundian Franc in comparison to the Euro and the devastating fire at the central market in the capital Bujumbura, which is the economic lung of Burundi.


The grain mill house financed by the ERBACHER Foundation in Thies is finished. Alexandre Diouf from the Espoir e.V. organisation reports on the construction and launch.


Tafita’s actual name is Betrand Oglivie Tafitasoa. He is staying in Germany for four weeks. The ERBACHER Foundation facilitated his participation in the International Seminar for Leading Positions in Rural Areas. The Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection organizes this seminar for the 36th time. On his way there, Tafita is visiting the ERBACHER Foundation in Kleinheubach and tells us his story: