Rural mechanisation


Reduced drudgery, timely handling, higher productivity – there are many reasons that speak in favour of mechanising African agriculture. But some aspects point to the contrary. In Berlin, participants discussed opportunities and...more

At the global conference of the 10 Year Programme on Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), which is strongly related to SDG 12, participants discussed ways towards more sustainable food production and consumption. more



Intensive agriculture in China and India is making a decisive contribution to the greening of the Earth. Researchers are dubious about this, as the growth in biomass is the result in part of increased use of fertilizer and water.more

Organic farming


Western diets are not transferable to what will soon be ten billion people, for there are simply not enough water resources and spaces of arable land to support such a population. Experts discussed prospects for a sustainable and...more



Desert Locust outbreak in northeast Africa and Saudi Arabia triggered by heavy rains, FAO warns. Increased vigilance, strict monitoring and early control needed to prevent further swarms forming and spreading along both sides of...more



Most workers and agricultural producers in developing countries are paid on a daily basis. This has a negative impact on their ability to generate savings for large expenses. Researchers show that Kenyan dairy farmers would...more

Climate change


Even if the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century is met, global warming is expected to lead to a dramatic melting of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, affecting the...more



Greater inequality increases deforestation in Latin America, researchers say. Consequently, more equal distribution of income, wealth and land ownership is not only fairer, it also improves environmental protection.more

Climate change


Lakes should not be considered just as carbon sinks because also they emit gaseous carbon when they fall dry. A recently published study reveals that the importance of this phenomenon has so far been underestimated. more



Despite prolific growth in environmental laws and agencies worldwide over the last four decades, environmental law enforcement often fails. more

Agriculture ministers from 74 states met at the GFFA.


In late January, the eleventh Global Forum for Food and Agriculture was held during the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany. This year, the opportunities and risks of digital transformation were on the agenda. more

Development policy


Many developing countries could achieve more progress by making use of their comparative advantages to enter the world market, says former World Bank Chief Economist Justin Yifu Lin. Africa in particular could benefit from such...more

At the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference in mid-January 2019, 74 ministers adopted a communiqué in which they call for establishing an international Digital Council.more

Food security


A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed, according to the EAT-Lancet Commission, which has developed global scientific targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production.more

Development policy


Founded in 2018 by the European Union (EU), the Task Force Rural Africa held a workshop at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin, Germany, to present their work and focus themes to examine and provide advice on how...more

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