Health

Many countries on the African continent have now also become affected by Coronavirus. The WHO recommends focussing on containment; efforts are underway to trace people who may have come into contact with those confirmed…

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Agroecology

Agroecology is a research approach which describes the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food system. The concept also ensures economic emergence from poverty. In contrast to…

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Gender

Ever more girls receive school education – a sign of great progress. But women and girls continue to be exposed to abuse and violence, millions of girls are still experiencing child marriage and female genital…

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Disasters

Desert Locusts swarms have rapidly spread across East African countries during the last weeks. Urgent action is essential before the next generation becomes airborne, FAO warns.

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Plant protection

A new alliance associating stakeholders from every part of the value chain aims to address the issues facing banana production worldwide.

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Health

Another milestone in the fight against Ebola, said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu: Four countries have licensed the Ebola vaccine, additional countries are expected to follow soon.

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Organic farming

The positive trend in organic agriculture seen in the past years is gaining more ground. Over 70 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2018, a growth of nearly 3 per cent compared to 2017.

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Agribusiness

The German-African Business Association and the German Agribusiness Alliance traditionally meet in Berlin/Germany in late January to discuss options for private sector engagement for Africa’s agri-food sector with…

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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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