Climate change

A global coalition of scientists warn that “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate…

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Food security

Late rains, extended dry periods, two major cyclones and economic challenges have worsened food insecurity across Southern Africa. UN food agencies urge more support for Southern Africa’s hungry people to avert a major…

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Trade

Russia wants to strengthen its trading relationships with African countries. The first Russia-Africa summit in October 2019 was a further step taken by Russia to gain more influence on the African continent.

 

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Water

Economists discussed challenges that the MENA countries are facing given the impacts of global warming and how they intend to tackle them at the Knowledge for Sustainable Development conference in Germany last October.

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Two young women sitting at a table with rice plants in front of them.
Youth

Nearly one billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years live in developing countries, almost half of them in rural areas. What international development cooperation has to do to create employment…

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Biodiversity

Around 20 per cent of the world's agricultural areas yields less than it did 20 years ago. The disruption of biological pest control and pollination occurring in monotonous agricultural landscapes leads to significant…

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Health

The number of Ebola survivors is rising steadily thanks to innovative treatment methods. An effective vaccine can also mitigate further spread.

 

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A man standing in his field devastated by cyclone Idai.
Food security

The progress made in the global fight against hunger is severely endangered. In countries that are already affected by hunger and poverty climate change is worsening the nutrition situation. This is the conclusion to be…

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Plant protection

Fusarium wilt disease threatens banana production. A new emergency project as well as a new banana variety aim to fight the fungal plant disease.

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Panel members discussing at the Marine Regions Forum.
Ocean

SDG 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” However, experts agree that the upcoming 2020 deadline for…

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A pumping station in Niger.
Water

Irrigation holds a potential to improve nutrition, although factors such as water pollution have to be considered. New insights were presented at ZEF by IFPRI’s Claudia Ringler in early October.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UNCCD closing event.
Desertification

For ten days, the participants in COP14 of the UNCCD discussed a wide range of topics and finally established them in 36 formal decisions. These included decisions on the role of women and the significance of land rights…

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Livestock

A new open-access web platform provides an overview on antimicrobial resistance in animals worldwide. Drugs used in animal farming are rapidly losing their efficacy, researchers warn. Antimicrobial resistance is rising…

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Food security

Dry weather and protracted conflicts are causing food insecurity, FAO says, stating that more than forty countries are in need of external assistance for food, most of them in Africa.

 

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Forestry

Forest loss spikes despite the pledge to halve deforestation by 2020, an assessment of progress on protecting and restoring global forests shows. Deforestation has accelerated since the endorsement of the New York…

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