Food security 19.11.2015

At the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in June 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the “Zero Hunger Challenge”. India is still a long way off from reaching this target. Amrit Patel highlights specific aspects that need...[more]

Fisheries 17.08.2015

During the last few years, the donor community has increased its efforts to reduce the large amounts of fish lost in the distribution chain in artisanal fishery, an endeavour that ought to be welcomed in principle. However,...[more]

Soils 24.07.2015

Without healthy soils, life on Earth would be unsustainable, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared with a view to the International Year of Soils. Our author highlights some features of soil management in India and...[more]

Climate change 15.06.2015

Adaptation to climate change in agriculture is a hot topic, but what exactly does it mean? Our authors suggest to take a step back before embarking on adaptation work in rural development, and to carefully clarify the goals of...[more]

Meant well doesn’t always mean done well. The Sustainable Development Goals are all set to undermine themselves, Stephan Klasen maintains. The worst aspect is that people, who really ought to be at the focus, threaten to fall by...[more]

Is it right to attach financial values to nature and to incorporate that valuation into the post-2015 agenda? Will such valuation help to protect species diversity and ecosystems? Or does it not rather harbour the risk that we...[more]

Rural women 08.03.2015

Rural women’s easy and reliable access to micro-credit is a sine qua non for their economic empowerment. In the context of International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2015, Amrit Patel highlights success factors and shortcomings...[more]

Livestock 17.11.2014

If the current trend in global meat demand persists, meat production will need to rise from 300 million tons today to 470 million tons by 2050. Climate and our natural resources would lose out, our author warns. In contrast,...[more]

Livestock 17.11.2014

Nowadays it is hard to imagine European livestock production without soya-based feed. But this trend has had a massive impact on rural areas in the global South – the bulk of the soya fed to livestock in Europe is imported from...[more]

Food security 24.10.2014

This year’s theme for World Food Day – which is observed every year on October 16th in more than 150 countries – is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. Our author Amrit Patel looks at the measures needed...[more]

Bioeconomy 08.09.2014

With its abundance of natural resources, Africa appears to be predestined for a type of economy that centres on the use of bio-based resources. However, before a comprehensive approach can be applied, a large number of framework...[more]

Bioeconomy 08.09.2014

The bioeconomy above all focuses on technological innovation to make better use of available resources. In principle, this is not a bad idea, says Barbara Unmüßig. The question though is for the benefit of whom and at whose...[more]

To alleviate poverty and hunger in rural areas is a core political objective of the German Federal Ministry for Economic co-operation and Development (BMZ). A key element of this task is the promotion of the farming and food...[more]

Close ties between development policy and agribusiness bear a lot of risks – both for the environment and for low-income small farmers, maintains Marita Wiggerthale from Oxfam Germany.[more]

Nutrition 18.07.2014

Early in June 2014, the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference, took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Here, Marie Ruel, Director of the Poverty, Health and Nutrition division at the International Food Policy Research Institute...[more]

Family Farms 16.06.2014

Is there good reason to make family farms a focus of global attention for a year? Or is it not rather reckless to advocate a concept while completely disregarding the fact that the necessary conditions are often not in place? A...[more]

Environment 21.03.2014

Devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippine island of Leyte in November 2013 need not have assumed such awesome proportions if the island’s original natural environment had not been destroyed by deforestation and...[more]

Rural women 07.03.2014

Publicly elected women representatives in India ought to take advantage of their influence to defend women’s rights.[more]

Food security 03.02.2014

Despite comprehensive government food subsidies, endemic hunger continues to afflict a large proportion of the Indian population. Amrit Pratel describes what measures have to be taken to raise productivity in agriculture and make...[more]

Many a dogma produced by agricultural policies over the past decades has proved disastrous for African agriculture. Ms Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU), looks at...[more]

Initially hailed a huge success, Malawi’s effort to boost agriculture with fertiliser subsidies appears to have met with failure. The author has a look at what went wrong, arguing that developments must be assessed against the...[more]

Rural women 28.10.2013

Why do you care about women’s land rights? Isn’t it enough for the household to have land?“ This question is a common refrain Agnes Quisumbing, researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, hears from...[more]


30 November-11 December 2015 -  Paris, France

UN Climate Change Conference

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3 December 2015 -  Berlin, Germany

Lebensgrundlage Boden - Abschlussveranstaltung zum Internationalen Jahr des Bodens 2015

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3 December 2015 - Stuttgart (Hohenheim), Germany

A World without Hunger

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5-6 December 2015 - Palais des Congrès de Paris, France

The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum

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5-6 December 2015 - Dubai, UAE

3rd International Conference on Food and Agricultural Sciences (ICFAS)

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11-13 Januar 2016 - Munich, Germany

DLG-Wintertagung 2016

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14-16 January 2016 - Berlin, Germany

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

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15-24 January 2016 - Berlin, Germany

International Green Week 

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18 January 2016 - Berlin, Germany

5th AGCO Africa Summit - Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

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1-2 March 2016 - Accra, Ghana

2nd Cassava World Africa

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1-2 March 2016 - Washington DC, USA

Cracking the Nut '16: Regenerating Rural and Agricultural Development

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14-18 March 2016 - Washington DC, USA

World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2016: Scaling up Responsible Land Governance

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4-6 April 2016 - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Agricultural Transitions along the Silk Road: Restructuring, Resources and Trade in the Central Asia Region

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18-21 April 2016 - Istanbul, Turkey

15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (15th ICBC)

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22-24 June 2016 - Halle (Saale), Germany

IAMO Forum: Rural Labor in Transition: Structural Change, Migration and Governance

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17-22 July 2016 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Tenth International Rangeland Congress (IRC) “The Future Management of Grazing and Wild Lands in a High Tech World”

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