Biochemists and virologists at Marburg University in Germany successfully tested an inhibitor of the African Ebola virus produced from a plant substance.more



A recent study by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) reveals, that around 40 per cent more milk and tens of millions of dollars in revenue could be possible for African farmers provided hey adopt new...more

Climate change


In a recent publication, scientists at Austria’s Graz University have proposed two bundles of measures on how current and future threats from climate change can be tackled without letting the major CO2 emitters off the hook.more



The “aCar” project at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, will make emobility viable for the rural population in poor regions with weak infrastructure. more

Farmers in Western India sow wheat using zero tillage.<br />Photo: © CSISA/CIMMYT


For the first time, zero tillage has been proven to dramatically boost wheat yields and deliver significant economic benefits to Indian smallholder farmers in seasons of excess rainfall.more



Fishery experts at the fishery research unit of the Baden-Württemberg Agricultural Centre (LAZBW) in southern Germany have developed a feed additive from cork which is very suitable for production in aquaculture and is...more



A new project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC) and led by WorldFish, aims to use selective breeding to make improved fish strains more accessible to poor...more



Scientists at the University Hospital Heidelberg Institute of Public Health in Germany are successfully transferring a new method of mosquito control from Germany’s upper Rhine region to Burkina Faso in West Africa. more



Scientists have conducted the first world-wide study of biodiversity and its impact on the productivity of forests. They conclude that a decline in the number of species leads to massive cuts in the productivity of forests,...more

Plant breeding


Soil fertility research from Ghent University, Belgium, succeeded to triple cassava yield of Ivorian smallholder farmers by applying integrated soil fertility management, which resulted in an eightfold increase of the...more



A research programme to tackle invasive species that kill plants and sicken animals is getting under way at the United Kingdom’s Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).more



To help farmers cope with climate change ICRISAT – the International Crops Research Institute - has been working on different approaches. The lessons learnt and the impact of the five main models used in building climate-smart...more



An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Germany and Indonesia assessed the ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations as compared to lowland forests. They found that in oil palm plantations, eleven out of 14 ecosystem...more

Organic farming


In a long-term project in Kenya, the Swiss-based Research Institute of Organic Agriculture has examined the potential of organic and conventional agriculture regarding soil fertility, the occurrence of pests and diseases, and...more

Climate effects may show positive or negative impacts on crop yield – depending on the type of soil


Global yield forecasts and early warning systems for bottlenecks in food supply are making only insufficient use of knowledge on geo soil data. IIASA in Austria shows that fluctuations in yield owing to different types of soil...more

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