Cleaning the main Al Jazeera irrigation canal to resupply water for agricultural production.<br/>Photo: ©FAO/Cengiz Yar


A new FAO project, funded by UNDP, brings jobs and food to vulnerable Iraqis. Key irrigation channels near Mosul are getting restored to enable farmers to grow crops and vegetables.more

Yohan Hontong, fisherman on Lembeh Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia: Many livelihoods depend on fisheries.<br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Climate change


As global warming proceeds, the catches of fishers in the Pacific are falling drastically. Even if the Paris Agreement is complied with and average global warming does not exceed 2°C, fish catches will decline – although much...more

Two girls herding goats, Somalia. Livestock farmers are suffering from increasing prices of staple foods and low market prices for livestock, because of a flood of weakened sheep, goats and cows onto local markets.<br/>Photo: ©FAO/Simon Maina
Food security


With continued drought, the Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season, FAO warned at the end of 2016. Nearly 12 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of food assistance. Agricultural support is...more



The European Development Conference 2016 invited around 200 participants to Bonn, Germany, in December to discuss the impact of migration on development.more



World Malaria Report 2016 finds that malaria control has improved for the most vulnerable in Africa, but inadequate funding and fragile health systems stand in the way of reaching global eradication targets.more

Food security


Population in sub-Saharan Africa will increase 2.5 times overall by 2050. To meet the growing food demand without planting on previously unsown lands, farmers in sub-Saharan Africa will need to close yield gaps and consider...more



A new scheme to promote cocoa production in Colombia is to boost prospects for smallholders caught up in the aftermath of years of armed conflict and flawed attempts to root out coca-growing. more



The Global Framework for Action to Cope with Water Scarcity in Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change launched by FAO aims to catalyse international cooperation for action in the fight against water scarcity.more



Demand suggests that India has the potential to initiate a second “White Revolution”. This would require a fundamental renewal of the dairy sector. Prospects and risks were explored in a discussion round at the EuroTier trade...more

A variety of restoration approaches will be required to bring the Great Green Wall initiative to an effective scale and create a great mosaic of green and productive landscapes.<br />Photo: © FAO/Giulio Napolitano


10 million hectares a year are in need of restoration along the Great Green Wall. These restoration needs along Africa's drylands have now been mapped and quantified by experts from FAO.more



How effective is the United Nations Global Compact, and what must corporate efforts look like for it to have a sustainable impact promoting fairness and development? KfW Development Bank had a look at these issues at its Berlin...more

The panellists (left to right): Regina Birner, University of Hohenheim; Thomas Allen, SWAC; Francesco Rampa, ECDPM and Philipp Heinrigs, SWAC.


One of the priority goals that the African Union had set itself was to eliminate hunger on the continent by 2025. In order to reach this goal, regional trade has to be made more efficient, as a workshop held in Bonn/Germany...more



Scientists warn against the increasing threat that international trade in plant material is posing to forest health. They call for a stricter regulation of containerised trade of biomass.more

Climate change


In regions where IFAD invests in climate change adaptation, the rate of return for smallholder farmers, or even the government agencies that put the projects in to practise, comes higher than in other areas.more



Africa offers German companies a wide range of opportunities, although they are quite obviously not grasped, according to the latest statistics. Entrepreneurs discussed why this should be the case in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg,...more

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