Women and girls in developing countries continue to be victims of severe human rights violations. This has been pointed out by several relief organisations to draw attention to World Women’s Day, on the 8th March. But there is...more

Farmers having breakfast in their kitchen, Meru County, Kenya. The SDGs were developed as indicators to combat inequality. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Luis Tato


The United Nations want to bring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the town halls. However, the approach of implementing Agenda 2030 through politics is a major challenge in a time full of conflict and radicalisation, as...more



At a High Level Conference with the Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauretania, Niger and Chad, known as the G5 Sahel countries, in late February 2018, the European Union agreed to provide a further 414 million euros for peacekeeping for...more

Human rights


Corruption, violation of human rights and suppression of freedom of the press are omnipresent in many countries and often go hand-in-hand – as shown in reports by Transparency International and Amnesty International.more

World Water Quality Portal. <br/> Photo: © EOMAP


Information on the water quality of lakes and rivers worldwide is provided by a new online portal by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme.more

Human rights


While the right to food enjoys world-wide recognition, in reality, it is often ignored. The same applies to women’s rights and to the right to education and political participation. A strong civil society is required to assert...more

Participants at CIRAD’s “Living Territories 2018” conference agreed on the need to adopt a territorial perspective in addressing development. Furthermore, they stressed that rural territories were still important in achieving the...more

Smallholder family in Karausi Province, Burundi. <br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Family Farming


The International Year of Family Farming celebrated five years ago will now be followed by a Decade of Family Farming. This underlines the major importance of Family Farming in achieving the SDGs. more



“From Agricultural Farming to Food Processing and Distribution – opportunities and challenges along the value chain” was the title of the 4th German-African Agribusiness Forum. The German-African Business Association, together...more



Towards the end of the 10th Berlin Agriculture Ministers Conference, delegates from 69 states as well as representatives of the European Commission and of international organisations committed themselves to responsible and...more

Climate change


Future warming will lead to increasing river flood risks worldwide, according to experts from PIK. Hence, it is necessary to invest now in additional adaptation measures to protect millions from flood disasters in years to come.more



In mid-January, the tenth Global Forum for Food and Agriculture was held during the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany. This year, it addressed the issue of making animal husbandry more efficient, responsible and...more

Woman in Taung Ywar Village, Maungdaw, Myanmar: Smallholders are hardest hit by climate shocks. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Hkun Lat


The new African and Asian Resilience in Disaster Insurance Scheme (ARDIS) aims to provide fast recovery lending after climate shocks to smallholder farmers. The programme is thought to be the world’s largest non-governmental...more



A new UN initiative based on climate-smart agriculture aims to improve the livelihoods of a million woman and youth in the Sahel by doubling their income in three years. more



Overfishing, marine pollution and disputes over islands are turning oceans and seas into political issues. Unlike terrestrial areas, the seas are only assigned to individual nations as Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) up to a...more

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