Food safety


Unsafe food and foodborne diseases create high costs in low- and middle-income countries. According to experts from the World Bank, better managing the safety of food would significantly contribute to achieving multiple...more

With the Compact with Africa, the G20 countries have introduced a new concept for African economic development that is meant to strengthen self-responsibility and involve private capital. So far, however, only Germany has been...more

Food security


The initiative Ceres2030 launched by Cornell University, IISD and IFPRI aims to critically evaluate benefits, costs and trade-offs of agricultural interventions in order to achieve a global consensus on what it will cost to end...more



Policy-makers from Brazil, Uruguay and Indonesia discussed the role of forests in the global bioeconomy at a meeting in Bonn, Germany.more

Natural resources


The world’s consumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 as the global economy expands and living standards rise, placing twice the pressure on the environment that we are seeing today, according to a new OECD...more



What is the role of co-operatives in developing countries, especially today? And how can they contribute to achieving global food security? These were the two central issues that this year’s World Food Day Colloquium discussed at...more

Food security


People living in conflict-affected countries have to pay intensely disproportionate high prices for food. WFP’s Counting the Beans index shows the food prices in relation to income in many parts of the world. more



Billions of people depend on oceans for their livelihoods but the pollution of the world`s oceans is getting worse. A new initiative will provide financing for projects aiming to reduce marine litter.more

Food security


In 2015, the world’s countries committed to achieving zero hunger by 2030. But we will not be on track to meet that goal – if combating hunger isn’t stepped up soon. And – conflict remains a major factor for hunger and...more



Wetlands, which are critical to human and planet life, are disappearing very fast: over 35 per cent of wetlands have been lost since 1970. Many species living in wetlands are declining or threatened with extinction.more

The Famine Action Mechanism (FAM) is a new partnership between international organisations and leading global technology firms, which aims to tackle the root causes of hunger in order to prevent future famines.more

Rural development


After five years of negotiation, the majority of the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council have voted in favour of the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.more

Poverty reduction


Global poverty rates are still declining, but progress in reducing extreme poverty is slowing down. Rates remain high in low-income countries. Especially people living in rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from poverty and...more

Food security


To meet the SDGs, it is necessary to make profound changes in our food systems, according to the Milano Group, an international group of experts. Moreover, current global food production is sufficient to meet human nutritional...more



The 20th Tropentag took place at the University of Ghent in Belgium in mid- September. The Tropentag is an annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and...more

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