Gender inequality, climate vulnerability and state fragility are strongly interlinked, this report states. Thus, gender considerations should also be fully reflected in emerging policy and programming on climate-related…

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In a large number of countries, the impacts of the Corona pandemic are not only going to dramatically worsen the health and food supply situation but will also result in severe income and job losses. In particular, the…

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The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have hit people in developing countries particularly hard. The Swiss development organisation Helvetas provides emergency aid on the ground while at the same time promoting…

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In most African countries, COVID-19 is likely to trigger a combined health and food crisis. In order to cope with this unprecedented crisis, consistently aligning our policies to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

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“The fallout from COVID-19 may push rural families even deeper into poverty, hunger and desperation”, said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD. A new fund by IFAD aims to provide rural people with the tools to adapt to…

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Smallholder farmers still constitute the majority of the population in the Global South and are disproportionately affected by poverty. Experts at the German Development Institute (DIE) discussed the best approaches to…

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As the Cotonou Agreement comes to an end, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will also be closing at the end of this year. The institution was established to support smallholder farmers in…

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The 2019 edition of the Development Co-operation Report aims to align development co-operation with today's most urgent global priorities, from the rising threat of climate change to the flagging response to the…

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In his Opinion article “Divorced from reality” in the previous Rural 21 edition, our author Ingo Melchers accused some of the German NGOs and church relief organisations of lacking strategies to address the problems of…

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There is a lack of understanding about what aid actually entails, researchers criticise after analysing development aid given by OECD donors. They found that a quarter of the aid money never leaves donor countries;…

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