Consultancy :

Biodynamic agriculture:

Supporting actors along the agricultural value chain is the concern of merckens development support gmbh.  Our core competencies lie in biodynamic agriculture, sustainable production methods and rural development. 

  • Setting up, converting and reorienting farms: We advise you in setting up or restructuring a farm and support you in converting to organic or biodynamic farming.
  • Expert reports and technical audits: We carry out technical audits of all essential working areas on the farm, in accordance with the guidelines of organic and biodynamic agriculture.
  • Consulting, training, and coaching: We support the training and upskilling of your company, develop and implement training concepts for your employees. (See also Services – Training)
  • Sustainability consulting: Our consulting services support you in planning and implementing sustainable business processes for your farm.
  • Sustainable water management: We support you in your efforts to make your farm’s water management more sustainable and to optimise its efficient usage.
  • Certification and international standards: With us, you can successfully prepare your farm for certification and inspections when introducing national and international standards. We accompany you, for example, in the process of implementing the Demeter guidelines and the EU regulation for organic farming, as well as the AWS standard for sustainable water management.
Memberships and qualifications:

» Recognized Demeter Adviser

» AWS Accredited Specialist

» IFOAM Organics

Memberships and qualifications:

» ECAS

» EU Fundraising Association

» Qualified EU Fundraiser

Project Development

We support the entire process

Project development creates opportunities for the implementation of new ideas and structures both within your own company and in cooperation with other initiatives and organisations.

merckens development support accompanies you throughout the project development process, from the idea to planning and financing, until the implementation and project finalisation.

  • Project initiation: We develop a project draft from your project idea and advise you on all questions regarding its implementation and execution.
  • Project development: With our support, the project design is turned into a detailed concept for partners and potential financiers.
  • Applying for funding: If you need funding from private or public donors for your project, we support you in the preparation of project applications and during the application process.
  • Networks and partnerships: Many projects are international cooperation projects. We find experienced initiators for your project in the country concerned all over the world.
  • Project and financial management: We take over the project administration and financial management of your project as well as its coordination, from budgeting to final report. We also provide you with technical support in the project implementation.
  • Monitoring and evaluations: We accompany your development measures during implementation and evaluate the project’s success after completion.
  • Project Management Training: We offer training and workshops to support your team in taking project management successfully into their own hands.

Projects

Sustainable water management in the Dominican Republic

» AWS Pilotproject: Agricultural products sold in German supermarkets often come from other regions of the world that suffer particularly from water shortages, water pollution,
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Plastic-free banana cultivation in Colombia

» develoPPP Project: merckens development support gmbh is supporting Hirsholmen Handeskompagni A/S (HHK) in the implementation of a project in Colombia funded under the BMZ’s
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Inclutrain – person-centred vocational training

» ERASMUS+ Project: merckens development support gmbh acts as project coordinator for transnational projects funded under the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union. These include
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Training and exchange of experiences on organic and biodynamic agriculture

» ERASMUS+ Project: Merckens development support gmbh acts as project coordinator for transnational projects funded under the ERASMUS+ program of the European Union. This includes
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