How can the clear-cutting of tropical rainforests be checked? One approach is to recultivate fallow land. This has been demonstrated in an international study on the basis of surveys in Ecuador’s mountainous regions. [more]



Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrub-lands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land...[more]



Conservation agriculture leads to lower yields than conventional agriculture in wet regions, while in drier regions yields are higher with conservation agriculture. [more]



Livestock production is responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, numerous approaches have been developed to reduce these emissions and thus lower environmental pollution caused by livestock...[more]



A new study finds that orange maize improves vitamin A storage in children. Through natural gene selection, researchers at U.S. Purdue University succeeded in naturally enriching the pro-vitamin A content of maize, a finding that...[more]

Climate change


A study by scientists from the Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) Munich pinpoints the winners and losers of climate change.[more]



Scientists in Germany have found a way to produce antimalarial drugs directly from plant waste obtained in the drug production process. [more]

Climate change


Mean global warming has hardly increased over the last 16 years. Scientists from the ETH Zurich have identified the reasons for this. They stress that climate warming will soon start up again.[more]



A new study by the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) shows how agrofuels play a major role in the acquisition and leasing of land in developing and newly industrialising countries. The study was based on data...[more]

Climate change


The calculations of Antarctica’s projected contribution to sea-level rise in this century are, at the top-of-the range, far higher than the projections made by the World Climate Council.[more]



Biomass is a natural resource with a number of competing uses: food, feed, materials and energy. The demands of a growing world population cannot be met without using this valuable resource in more efficient and more sustainable...[more]



Making better and more diversified use of plants in order to benefit from existing resources is one of the targets that the bioeconomy has set itself. As a rule, however, this means that first of all, a lot of research has to be...[more]

Climate change


PIK scientists link extreme weather conditions to the development of giant waves in the atmosphere. The frequency of these events could be linked to changes in the arctic.[more]

Crop protection


Twenty-eight international organisations joined forces to fight cassava diseases in Africa and founded the Pan-African Cassava Surveillance Network –PACSUN.[more]

Food losses


A study by the University of Illinois has examined attitudes among farmers to post-harvest loss. It concludes that technical training could help reduce these losses.[more]



The International Crops Research Institute for Tropical Agriculture and universities from India, Africa and USA have launched an initiative to bring together various disciplines in agricultural education. The International...[more]



The DrinkPure filter developed by researchers at ETH Zurich enables easy water filtration directly in the bottle.[more]

Food security


Achieving sustainable global food security is one of humanity’s great challenges. A team of international scientists has identified key “global leverage points” that offer the best opportunities to improve both global food...[more]



How well tropical trees weather periods of drought depends on the carbohydrates stored, as revealed by a novel experiment conducted by an international team of researchers. The findings are extremely important for assessing the...[more]

Rural development


More research on camel milk is needed to develop potentially valuable dairy products for marginalised communities in desert regions, experts said at the first international meeting on "Milk, factor of development", in...[more]


7-9 January 2015 - The Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

1st International Conference on Asian Highland Natural Resources Management 

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13-15 January 2015 – CityCube, Berlin, Germany

DLG-Wintertagung: Fortschritt nutzen – Zukunft gestalten
Für eine moderne, nachhaltige Landwirtschaft 

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15-17 January 2015 – CityCube, Berlin/Germany

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2015
“The growing demand for food, raw materials and energy:
opportunities for agriculture, challenges for food security?” 

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16-25 January 2015 – Berlin Fairgrounds; Berlin, Germany

International Green Week 2015 

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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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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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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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