In the International Year of Soils, the Soil Atlas illustrates the reasons for and extent of world-wide area losses and urges a more sustainable handling of the precious natural resource of soil. [more]

Land grabbing


A recent study issued by the EU Commission discusses the human rights issues raised by large-scale land deals for plantation agriculture (‘land grabbing’) in low and middle-income countries. [more]



Biofuels bear a growth potential for developing countries. Properly employed, they can contribute to national energy strategies without interfering with food production, says a new UNCTAD report. [more]

Climate change


According to a new book, published by the Center for International Forestry Research, the speed of implementation has been much slower than expected when REDD+ was put at the top of the international climate agenda in 2007.[more]



Water provides a useful entry point for addressing many development challenges, including those related to sustainable intensification of agricultural systems and preservation of ecosystem services.[more]



A comprehensive pocketbook of nutrition-related data covering all regions of the world has been published by FAO.[more]

Rural development


Mobile phones can cause significant benefits for rural households through improved access to information, lower marketing costs, and thus higher profits and incomes, notes study.[more]



Malnutrition leads to 11 per cent of gross national product being squandered as a result of lives lost, less learning in school, less earning in the workplace, and days lost to illness, argues the report.[more]

Food security


MISEREOR, IUF und FIAN publish a study on working conditions in tea plantations.[more]



While it is common knowledge what it means to help individuals, households and communities build resilience and prepare for shocks, IFPRI’s report argues that there is a far less understanding of how to build resilient...[more]

Food security


Family farms are very diverse in terms of size, access to markets and household characteristics, as a result they have different needs from an innovation system, notes the FAO in the latest food and agriculture report.[more]

Official development assistance (ODA) is increasing, but in order to effectively finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is crucial to look beyond ODA, argues this year’s OECD Development Co-operation Report.[more]

Forest conservation


Reliable data on the status and trends of forest genetic resources are required for decision-makers and stakeholders to provide adequate support for their sustainable management, notes FAO in a new report. [more]



This year’s WorldRiskReport focuses on urbanisation, taking a look at the city as a risk area. It examines cities’ exposure to natural hazards and societal vulnerability to assess the disaster risks they face.[more]


2-10 February 2015 - Nürnberg, Germany

International DAAD-Alumni Winter School “Quality management along organic agri-value chains in developing countries – production, post-harvest technology, processing, marketing and trade”,

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4 February 2015 - Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

Conference "Setting the Course for a World without Hunger - North-South Dialogue on the Role of the G7"

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3 - 6 March 2015 - Stuttgart, Germany

2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger - Hidden Hunger, Childhood Development and Long-term Prospects for Society and Economy

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19-23 April 2015 – Berlin, Germany

Global Soil Week 2015

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20-22 May 2015 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

The 10th eLearning Africa Conference

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14-18 June 2015 - Minneapolis-Saint Paul, USA

IFAMA 25th Annual World Forum and Symposium: Innovation, Talent, and Technology in 21st Century of Agribusiness

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17-19 June 2015 - Halle (Saale), Germany

IAMO Forum 2015 “Agriculture and Climate Change in Transition Economies”

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19-22 November 2015 - Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel Manila, Philippines

Moringa Symposium and Congress

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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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