People are fascinated by the amazing diversity of tropical forests and will be surprised to learn that there are possibly more than 53,000 tree species in the tropics, in contrast to only 124 across temperate Europe. [more]

Food security


During the 1970s, when severe droughts affected West African farmers, cereal banks became popular in the region. However, things quickly became very quiet again about this type of food security scheme, probably also because many...[more]



Its iron-rich pearl millet ICTP-8203Fe reverses iron deficiency in children, reports HarvestPlus. Tens of thousands of farmers cultivate this pearl millet. Critics fear that excessive dependency on a single foodstuff could lead...[more]

Plant breeding


Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone...[more]



Scientists at the German Senckenberg Research Institute have modelled the effects of changing land use on biodiversity in lotic waters for the first time. The results show that changing land uses are a much stronger driver of...[more]



SAYE, a plant-based medicine, is used in Burkina Faso to treat malaria. As indepth scientific findings on the medicine are not available, a clinical trial of SAYE versus ACT is now to be implemented in uncomplicated malaria in...[more]



The CGIAR research centre Bioversity International has opened India’s first ever genetic garden for rare crop and fruit diversity in Bangalore, India.[more]

Animal Health


The chytrid fungus is thought to have spread around the world from frog species exported from Africa and can cause frogs and other amphibians to die out.[more]

A new software has been developed to identify villages suitable for aid projects. Researchers focused on two initial projects in India and Africa.[more]



An international team of researchers in Ghana have discovered new strains of cattle virus that are distant relatives of the hepatitis C virus, which is dangerous to humans. The German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) plays a...[more]



World-wide, over one third of deaths among children under five years old are associated with malnutrition. Scientists, field workers and representatives from government, private sector and civil society met at the 2nd...[more]

Soil fertility


N2Africa, a research project by Wageningen University - that encourages African farmers to plant beans as food and fertiliser could help counteract the impact of limited fertiliser take-up across the continent. The project won...[more]

Plant breeding


Improved planting materials from orphaned crops will soon be released to smallholder farmers throughout Africa by the Nairobi-based World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).[more]

Plant breeding


The Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) development team at Bioversity International and its MusaNet partners have just launched a new and improved version of MGIS. [more]



The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk. [more]

Natural resources


Scientists warn us to use renewable resources more efficiently, as there are limits to even their use.[more]


25-27 August 2015 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

7th ICSA International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food, Energy and Industry in Regional and Global Context

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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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4-7 October 2015- Rome,Italy

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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1-5 November 2015 - Antalya, Turkey

2nd International Plant Breeding Congress

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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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