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Health

The efforts of the international community over the past 15 years have reduced malaria risk levels for many millions of people, and large regions of Africa are now in a position to consider elimination strategies.…

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Disasters

At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.

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On World Food Day, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, called on the global community to take action so that the world achieves zero hunger. However, this will not be possible…

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Gender

Women have limited access to credit and it is harder for them to hire farmhands. This is why productivity on women’s farms averages 44 per cent less than on male-run farms, according to a new World Bank study.

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NGOs are criticising the climate-smart agriculture approach. They warn that companies could abuse the term and use it for their greenwashing efforts, while the concerns of small-scale farmers are inadequately addressed.

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Nutrition

It has now been accepted in the international debate that adequate nutrition does not merely mean “being filled”. Strategies suited to face the global challenge of malnutrition were discussed at a conference hosted by…

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Rural development

Africa is projected to have just one low-income country by 2050, according to a new report published by IFPRI. Large infrastructure gaps, climate change, high speed of urbanisation, and a youthful and rapidly growing…

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Health

There are major implications for new dam projects and how health impacts should be assessed prior to construction. Researchers from CGIAR found, that there is an increased risk to contract malaria for people living near…

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Food security

This year’s Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag), held in Berlin, Germany, was attended by more than 1,000 participants. The event, focusing on the search for a…

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Trade

Fairtrade International’s Annual Report 2014-15 affirms that the sales volume of Fairtrade products has increased in recent years. The highest sales volumes are obtained from bananas and coffee.

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Forestry

The global deforestation rate has slowed down by more than 50 percent over the past 25 years. Nevertheless some 129 million hectares of forest have been lost since 1990. The ongoing deforestation will destroy important…

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Nutrition

According to an article published in Nature in June 2015, indigenous vegetables are again increasingly being grown and consumed in East Africa. For some years now, various organisations have attempted to bring nutritious…

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MDGs

By 2015 all the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were to be achieved. The United Nations have now published the final MDG report. Despite progress in many areas - a lot remains to be done.

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Migration

Europe is currently struggling with flows of refugees and seeks to cope with the crisis by eliminating its cause in the countries the refugees come from. While this does make sense, it is not enough, says the German…

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Water

Five years after recognising water and basic sanitation as a human right, this right still remains beyond the reach of millions of people the world over. According to the latest UNICEF and WHO estimates, 663 million…

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