Human rights

15.02.2018

While the right to food enjoys world-wide recognition, in reality, it is often ignored. The same applies to women’s rights and to the right to education and political participation. A strong civil society is required to assert...more

Participants at CIRAD’s “Living Territories 2018” conference agreed on the need to adopt a territorial perspective in addressing development. Furthermore, they stressed that rural territories were still important in achieving the...more

Smallholder family in Karausi Province, Burundi. <br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Family Farming

05.02.2018

The International Year of Family Farming celebrated five years ago will now be followed by a Decade of Family Farming. This underlines the major importance of Family Farming in achieving the SDGs. more

Agribusiness

01.02.2018

“From Agricultural Farming to Food Processing and Distribution – opportunities and challenges along the value chain” was the title of the 4th German-African Agribusiness Forum. The German-African Business Association, together...more

Livestock

31.01.2018

Towards the end of the 10th Berlin Agriculture Ministers Conference, delegates from 69 states as well as representatives of the European Commission and of international organisations committed themselves to responsible and...more

Climate change

30.01.2018

Future warming will lead to increasing river flood risks worldwide, according to experts from PIK. Hence, it is necessary to invest now in additional adaptation measures to protect millions from flood disasters in years to come.more

Livestock

26.01.2018

In mid-January, the tenth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture was held during the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany. This year, it addressed the issue of making animal husbandry more efficient, responsible and...more

Woman in Taung Ywar Village, Maungdaw, Myanmar: Smallholders are hardest hit by climate shocks. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Hkun Lat
Insurance

22.01.2018

The new African and Asian Resilience in Disaster Insurance Scheme (ARDIS) aims to provide fast recovery lending after climate shocks to smallholder farmers. The programme is thought to be the world’s largest non-governmental...more

Women

18.01.2018

A new UN initiative based on climate-smart agriculture aims to improve the livelihoods of a million woman and youth in the Sahel by doubling their income in three years. more

Ocean

15.01.2018

Overfishing, marine pollution and disputes over islands are turning oceans and seas into political issues. Unlike terrestrial areas, the seas are only assigned to individual nations as Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) up to a...more

Charles Batte (left), Hindou Oumarou (centre) and Uwase Hirwa Honorine discussing community-level action.
Land use

11.01.2018

Young campaigners discussed the significance of community-level activities and aspects involved in building movements from a community level at the Global Landscapes Forum last December.more

Land use

04.01.2018

Around one thousand people got together at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, to discuss topics surrounding the restoration and sustainable use of landscapes last December.more

Over the last few years, expenditure worth billions has flown into development co-operation and private investments in the Global South. Much of this money has trickled away without effect. To address this at the European Union’s...more

Participants from 20 countries attended the conference and discussed links between landscapes, urbanisation and climate change. <br/> Photo: Julian Martitz
Land

21.12.2017

Environmental risk in low-income countries was discussed at a conference in Hanover, Germany in late November.more

Food security

19.12.2017

Cacti, especially the Opuntia species, are a valuable crop that deserves more attention, reports the FAO. Their capacity to store water makes these plants particularly interesting for dryland areas.more

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