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

Climate change


The melting speed of the Antarctic Ice Sheet increased dramatically over the last four decades. East Antarctica is manifestly less stable than presumed, even though the main mass loss is experienced in West Antarcticamore

Land management


Land-use changes across the globe are putting growing pressure on land as a source of livelihood. Researchers are concerned about the loss of agricultural land; they emphasise the importance of biodiversity and call for a more...more

NASA and FAO have presented a new geospatial tool that makes it easier to track land-use and landscape changes. The new tool is free of charge and open to all.more

Rural development


The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has announced in its strategy for 2017–2021 to “support 30 million smallholder farm households in eleven countries to increase their incomes and improve their food security”....more

Natural resources


Africa has a huge wealth of natural resources. However, exploiting them without giving any consideration to social and environmental concerns is widespread. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Africa Foundation recently...more

Climate change


At COP24, the 197 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered to agree on how they will achieve the Paris commitments. They adopted a “rule book” for the Paris Agreement, the ‘Katowice Climate...more



The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) highlighted the significance of peatlands in achieving international climate goals and called for international support to step up peatland restoration.more

Rural development


The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in November adopting the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. The majority of the states supported this.more

Climate change


Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) opened in early December with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change...more

Land management


For the second consecutive year, the Global Landscapes Forum has held its annual summit in Bonn, Germany. The event, held in early December, centred on accelerating action towards achieving major internationally agreed goals.more



There is a high probability that an El Niño will strike in the winter of 2018/19. While it is expected to be somewhat weaker this time, it nevertheless represents a threat – especially to those regions that have only just begun...more

Climate change


The UN Climate Change Conference – COP 24 starts in Katowice/Poland in a week’s time. In the run-up to the event, the church relief organisation Bread for the World discussed the responsibility that the international community...more

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