Climate change

29.11.2019

According to an international team of scientists, the potential of planting trees for mitigating climate change has been dramatically overestimated. They warn that planting trees in the wrong place can actually destroy...more

Disasters

21.11.2019

A new algorithm has roughly doubled the previous warning time before an "El Niño" event. According to it, the probability of "El Niño" coming in 2020 is around 80 per cent.more

Climate change

18.11.2019

A global coalition of scientists warn that “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.more

Food security

12.11.2019

Late rains, extended dry periods, two major cyclones and economic challenges have worsened food insecurity across Southern Africa. UN food agencies urge more support for Southern Africa’s hungry people to avert a major hunger...more

Trade

08.11.2019

Russia wants to strengthen its trading relationships with African countries. The first Russia-Africa summit in October 2019 was a further step taken by Russia to gain more influence on the African continent. more

Water

05.11.2019

Economists discussed challenges that the MENA countries are facing given the impacts of global warming and how they intend to tackle them at the Knowledge for Sustainable Development conference in Germany last October.more

Two young women sitting at a table with rice plants in front of them.
Youth

30.10.2019

Nearly one billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years live in developing countries, almost half of them in rural areas. What international development cooperation has to do to create employment opportunities for...more

Biodiversity

25.10.2019

Around 20 per cent of the world's agricultural areas yields less than it did 20 years ago. The disruption of biological pest control and pollination occurring in monotonous agricultural landscapes leads to significant yield...more

Health

21.10.2019

The number of Ebola survivors is rising steadily thanks to innovative treatment methods. An effective vaccine can also mitigate further spread. more

A man standing in his field devastated by cyclone Idai.
Food security

16.10.2019

The progress made in the global fight against hunger is severely endangered. In countries that are already affected by hunger and poverty climate change is worsening the nutrition situation. This is the conclusion to be drawn...more

Plant protection

14.10.2019

Fusarium wilt disease threatens banana production. A new emergency project as well as a new banana variety aim to fight the fungal plant disease.more

Panel members discussing at the Marine Regions Forum.
Oceans

08.10.2019

SDG 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” However, experts agree that the upcoming 2020 deadline for meeting...more

A pumping station in Niger.
Water

04.10.2019

Irrigation holds a potential to improve nutrition, although factors such as water pollution have to be considered. New insights were presented at ZEF by IFPRI’s Claudia Ringler in early October.more

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UNCCD closing event.
Desertification

30.09.2019

For ten days, the participants in COP14 of the UNCCD discussed a wide range of topics and finally established them in 36 formal decisions. These included decisions on the role of women and the significance of land rights...more

Livestock

27.09.2019

A new open-access web platform provides an overview on antimicrobial resistance in animals worldwide. Drugs used in animal farming are rapidly losing their efficacy, researchers warn. Antimicrobial resistance is rising in...more

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