Climate change


Global climate policy must pay attention to the fact that poorer countries are trying to catch up economically and assist in making emission-free energy supply alternatives attractive. more



The global production and trade of major wood products have surged to their highest level since the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began recording forest statistics in 1947.more

Food security


The number of undernourished people is increasing world-wide, which is why a team of scientists have called for a global concentration of scientific research, more research funding and an international committee on food security...more

Land management


Researchers aim to develop a blueprint for converting overused agricultural areas – such as oil palm plantations – into near-natural rainforests. more

Climate change


Climate change may reduce the welfare of Indian subsistence farmers dramatically whereas households above the poverty line may even benefit.more



Due to the urgent public health need for a prequalified Ebola vaccine, WHO has accelerated prequalification for the Ebola vaccine Ervebo by reviewing safety and efficacy data.more

Plant breeding


Plants make up 80 per cent of our food but are under constant and increasing threat from pests and diseases. Promoting plant health is critical for reaching the SDGs; protecting plants from pests and diseases is far easier and...more

Climate change


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



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


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


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



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



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.


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



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

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