Biodiversity

What economic benefits do farmers and foresters derive from working with multiple species rather than just one? Scientists say that when it is necessary to make compromises between different services or between economic…

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Trade

The development potential of trade in agriculture and food and its contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were the central topic of a High Level Panel held by the European Commission in the…

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Agriculture

Twenty years ago, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture was set up in Dubai to explore strategies for agriculture in marginal regions. The centre’s head, Ismahane Elouafi, reported on its present activities…

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Disasters

East Africa is facing Desert Locust swarms of an unprecedented size and the potential for exponential expansion, threatening food security of the entire subregion.

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Trade

In mid-January, Germany’s Ministry of Agriculture traditionally invites the Minister’s counterparts from all over the world to Berlin to discuss agrifood policy issues. This year, the role of trade in global food…

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Trade

Can international trade in agriculture contribute to sufficiently and sustainably providing the growing world population with high-value nutrition? This question was at the centre of the Global Forum for Food and…

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Climate change

Global climate policy must pay attention to the fact that poorer countries are trying to catch up economically and assist in making emission-free energy supply alternatives attractive.

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Forestry

The global production and trade of major wood products have surged to their highest level since the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began recording forest statistics in 1947.

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Food security

The number of undernourished people is increasing world-wide, which is why a team of scientists have called for a global concentration of scientific research, more research funding and an international committee on food…

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Land management

Researchers aim to develop a blueprint for converting overused agricultural areas – such as oil palm plantations – into near-natural rainforests.

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Climate change

Climate change may reduce the welfare of Indian subsistence farmers dramatically whereas households above the poverty line may even benefit.

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Health

Due to the urgent public health need for a prequalified Ebola vaccine, WHO has accelerated prequalification for the Ebola vaccine Ervebo by reviewing safety and efficacy data.

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Plant breeding

Plants make up 80 per cent of our food but are under constant and increasing threat from pests and diseases. Promoting plant health is critical for reaching the SDGs; protecting plants from pests and diseases is far…

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Climate change

According to an international team of scientists, the potential of planting trees for mitigating climate change has been dramatically overestimated. They warn that planting trees in the wrong place can actually destroy…

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Disasters

A new algorithm has roughly doubled the previous warning time before an "El Niño" event. According to it, the probability of "El Niño" coming in 2020 is around 80 per cent.

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