Making progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential elements in achieving food and nutrition security and eradicating poverty. FAO, IFAD and WFP are running a joint initiative on Gender-Transformative...more

Carsten Pedersen of the Transnational Institute (left) and Werner Ekau of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research discussing prospects for small-scale fisheries.


On the occasion of World Oceans Day, German NGOs discussed the difficult balance between using and protecting the marine ecosystem.more



There are over 2,000 languages in 54 countries in Africa. A new online tool aims to translate these languages, break communication barriers and ease access to global markets.more



The first case of Ebola during the current outbreak of the disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now been confirmed in neighbouring Uganda.more

Climate change


Supporting coffee companies in building resilience within the coffee supply chain is the aim of the currently launched Climate Smart Coffee website. The website provides basic information and shows opportunities to take action. more

Women cleaning and sorting cashew nuts in a factory in Burkina Faso.
Rural development


According to a World Bank survey, supermarkets will be selling between 30 and 50 per cent of all food by 2050. Smallholders are being encouraged to integrate themselves in value chains in order to benefit from this development....more

A female farmer working at a sorghum crop in her farm located near Meru, Meru County, Kenya. More than 80 per cent of all farms globally are below two hectares.
Family Farming


Family farms play a key role in ending hunger and achieve sustainable development. They occupy around 70 to 80 per cent of farmland and produce more than 80 per cent of the world's food in value terms.more

The African Continental Free Trade Area will cover a market of 1.2 billion consumers and a GDP of 2.5 trillion US dollars.


The intra-regional agreement of the African Continental Free Trade Area seeks to address the continent’s tough structural problems. So far, intra-African trade has remained well below its potential, and only accounts for around...more



More than a hundred Chinese provinces reported African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks during the last months. The spread of ASF over East Asia is likely to have a noticeable impact on global meat and feed markets.more

Food safety


High levels of some of the most hazardous chemicals on Earth have been found in eggs in Agbogbloshie, Ghana. The contamination results primarily from the breaking apart of discarded electronics (e-waste) and burning plastics to...more

Old woman with eggs in her hand.
Food security


Conflicts, the main drivers of food insecurity in the Near East and North Africa, are also undermining rural transformation efforts and widening rural-urban gaps. Inadequate rural transformation hampers efforts to eradicate...more

Food security


Recognising the slow progress in improving the food security and nutrition situation in Eastern Africa, nations have formed a new alliance to intensify the battle against food insecurity, malnutrition and hunger.more

World Food Program Director David Beasley speakting at a conference.
Food security


How can nine billion people be fed in 2050 without destroying the planet? And how can new technologies help achieve this both on the producer and the consumer side? These issues were at the centre of the third World Food...more

A herd of wildebeest grazing in the light green grass in the African savannah.


The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) sounds the alarm in its Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, noting that the number of species that are...more



Rainwater harvesting contributes to food security, and is a way to store rainwater under increasing conditions of high rainfall variability. A new app supports establishing rainwater systems in Africa.more

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