Whether it is seeds saved by farmers from their own crops, bought from a market or shop, exchanged with friends and neighbours; community seed banks play an important role in the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity,...[more]



Corruption considerably reduces the economic success of countries in the South, according to a study compiled by the Committee on Development of the European Parliament. Despite numerous initiatives against illegal money...[more]



Migration holds a huge potential both for people’s countries of origin and for the countries of destination. Often, however, they are not made use of. In addition, migration is frequently forced and entails considerable dangers,...[more]



Years of low rainfall can lead to much lower incomes, particularly in rural areas where people depend more heavily on agriculture for their livelihoods. The study shows that exposure to shocks especially at the country level is...[more]

Food security


Eliminating chronic undernourishment by 2030 is a key element of the proposed Sustainable Development Goal 2 of the new post-2015 agenda to be adopted by the international community later this year. However, a "business as usual"...[more]

Food security


Real prices for global agricultural products will continue their gradual decline over the coming decade due to a combination of strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand warn OECD and FAO in a new...[more]



Regional integration is important to boost agricultural growth in West Africa, says a report published by AfDB, FAO and ECOWAS. The report also finds that more attention needs to be placed on the downstream segment of the...[more]



Fisheries and aquaculture not only support livelihoods but they also generate significant government revenue and foreign currency. However, both fisheries and aquaculture require good governance and careful management to be...[more]



A study conducted by the NGO GRAIN and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) takes a look at the increasing privatisation of land and seed in Africa and the consequences arising from this for the continent’s...[more]



While much effort has been invested in preventing and reducing child labour in the production sector of export crops such as cocoa, coffee and cotton; child labour on family farms has remained untouched, says FAO report.[more]

Plant breeding


An illustrated guide on how best to produce clean banana planting material notes that much yield losses come about as a result of planting material infected by pests and diseases.[more]



The rights to water, land and food are inseparably linked. And it is often perceived that the policies regarding their use and governance are also developed in an all inclusive way, if the fight against poverty and food...[more]



Nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector. Building resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises must therefore be the top priority, FAO demands.[more]



The report of the OECD Green Growth Studies series summarises the current situation in fisheries and aquaculture, observing that in many parts of the world these sectors are at risk and do not reach their full potential. [more]

Food security


72 countries have achieved the Millennium Development target of halving the proportion of chronically undernourished according to the report The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 – SOFI, published in May 2015.[more]



The Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative is co-ordinating a project on conservation and sustainable use for improved nutrition in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey. A brief Bioversity International report gives an...[more]

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals entails an immense demand for natural resources. This could threaten global ecological development, a new study warns.[more]



East coast fever already threatens some 30 million cattle in East and Central Africa. According to ILRI, death and disease from this parasite has not only caused great financial losses but is also challenging the livelihoods of...[more]



According to this 2015 OECD report on fragility, as the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws closer, there has been progress witnessed given that extreme poverty has been halved worldwide. However, the majority of...[more]

Rural development


While the authors of this book do not claim to offer a one-size-fit-all solution to the many challenges facing rural development; they are of the opinion however, that crafting development strategies requires understanding how...[more]


4 September 2015 - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Managing African Agriculture: Markets, Linkages and Rural Economic Development

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7-11 September 2015 - Durban, South Africa

The XIV World Forestry Congress

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16-18 September 2015 - Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Tropentag 2015

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4-7 October 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa

SAIREC 2015 Conferences on Renewable Energy

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The First International Congress on Postharvest Loss Prevention

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4-10 October 2015 - Heidelberg University, Germany

7th German-Brazilian Symposium for Sustainable Development - Interaction between earth resources and processes and human societies

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27-28 October 2015 - Berlin, Germany

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

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1-5 November 2015 - Antalya, Turkey

2nd International Plant Breeding Congress

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6-7 November 2015 - Hannover, Germany

73th International Conference Agricultural Engineering

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

Moringa Symposium and Congress

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25 November  2015 - Berlin, Germany

The Global Bioeconomy Summit (Call for Contributions - Interactive Session

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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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