ICT

Information technology is helping African farmers to become more efficient and they can't get enough of it. That is the conclusion of a special agriculture section in this year's eLearning Africa Report, an annual review…

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Desertification

On World Day to Combat Desertification, the United Nations called on states to step up their efforts for a land degradation neutral world.

 

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The European Development Days, held in Brussels/Belgium in early June, formed the core event of the European Year for Development, declared by the European Commission for 2015.

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Nutrition

The “Global Nutrition Report 2014” (GNR), presented in Berlin/Germany in early June, uses more than 80 indictors to demonstrate how hunger and malnutrition as well as obesity can be combated world-wide.

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Biodiversity

In the lead-up to the G7 summit in Elmau in southern Germany, the German Federal Government has published the progress report ‘Biodiversity – a vital foundation for sustainable development’. The report calls for further…

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Climate change

According to the latest estimates, so far, just around 100 million poor people in developing countries and emerging economies have insurance protection against climate risks. The G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance…

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Livestock

The Pastoralist Knowledge Hub, a new online platform, aims to connect livestock keepers. It offers a growing database of research on pastoralism, contacts for a worldwide network of pastoral representatives, and…

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Soils

Soils are the second largest global carbon sinks, and land is very important for mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its effects. At the 2015 Global Soil Week, experts discussed how sustainable land management…

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World Bank projects have caused the displacement of many people, criticised an international team of journalists. The President of the World Bank acknowledges major problems and promises improvements.

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Livestock

Antibiotic use in livestock is expected to increase by 67 per cent by 2030. This increase in antimicrobial use in animals raises serious concerns about preserving antimicrobial effectiveness in the next decades.

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Livestock

Livestock husbandry on grasslands is not a “climate killer” but can contribute to soil fertility, experts concluded at the Global Soil Week in Berlin, Germany. Grasslands are also the most important carbon sinks, they…

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Disasters

Some eight million US dollars is urgently needed to help Nepalese farmers hit by the recent earthquake rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs and resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, the FAO claims.

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Soils

It remains a challenge to set the often forgotten resource soil on the political agenda. With the declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Soils, the United Nations has taken a step in this direction. In Berlin,…

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Livestock

Countries pledge to wipe out peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and goat plague, globally by 2030. A plan to eradicate PPR was developed by FAO and OIE.

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Trade

A new global electronic certification system called ePhyto is expected to boost controls over the spread of plant pests and diseases and also simplify and reduce the cost of global trade.

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