Climate change


The melting speed of the Antarctic Ice Sheet increased dramatically over the last four decades. East Antarctica is manifestly less stable than presumed, even though the main mass loss is experienced in West Antarcticamore



Land-use changes across the globe are putting growing pressure on land as a source of livelihood. Researchers are concerned about the loss of agricultural land; they emphasise the importance of biodiversity and call for a more...more

NASA and FAO have presented a new geospatial tool that makes it easier to track land-use and landscape changes. The new tool is free of charge and open to all.more



The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has announced in its strategy for 2017–2021 to “support 30 million smallholder farm households in eleven countries to increase their incomes and improve their food security”....more



Africa has a huge wealth of natural resources. However, exploiting them without giving any consideration to social and environmental concerns is widespread. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Africa Foundation recently...more

Climate change


At COP24, the 197 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered to agree on how they will achieve the Paris commitments. They adopted a “rule book” for the Paris Agreement, the ‘Katowice Climate...more



The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) highlighted the significance of peatlands in achieving international climate goals and called for international support to step up peatland restoration.more

Rural development


The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in November adopting the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. The majority of the states supported this.more

Climate change


Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) opened in early December with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change...more



For the second consecutive year, the Global Landscapes Forum has held its annual summit in Bonn, Germany. The event, held in early December, centred on accelerating action towards achieving major internationally agreed goals.more



There is a high probability that an El Niño will strike in the winter of 2018/19. While it is expected to be somewhat weaker this time, it nevertheless represents a threat – especially to those regions that have only just begun...more

Climate change


The UN Climate Change Conference – COP 24 starts in Katowice/Poland in a week’s time. In the run-up to the event, the church relief organisation Bread for the World discussed the responsibility that the international community...more



Careless use of antibiotics leads to resistance in bacteria which no drugs can then help with. After 15 years of fighting antibiotic resistance WHO, FAO and OIE decided in 2015 to form a Tripartite Pact to promote their common...more



The 2018 Future Policy Award, granted by the World Future Council, highlights policies that scale up agroecology to contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food...more



Building partnerships for higher sufficiency and efficiency in the dairy and meat sector in Africa was the aim of conference organised by the German-African Business Association in Hanover, Germany.more

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