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



Careless use of antibiotics leads to resistance in bacteria which no drugs can then help with. After 15 years of fighting antibiotic resistance WHO, FAO and OIE decided in 2015 to form a Tripartite Pact to promote their common...more



The 2018 Future Policy Award, granted by the World Future Council, highlights policies that scale up agroecology to contribute to the protection of life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, ensure sustainable food...more



Building partnerships for higher sufficiency and efficiency in the dairy and meat sector in Africa was the aim of conference organised by the German-African Business Association in Hanover, Germany.more

Food safety


Unsafe food and foodborne diseases create high costs in low- and middle-income countries. According to experts from the World Bank, better managing the safety of food would significantly contribute to achieving multiple...more

With the Compact with Africa, the G20 countries have introduced a new concept for African economic development that is meant to strengthen self-responsibility and involve private capital. So far, however, only Germany has been...more

Food security


The initiative Ceres2030 launched by Cornell University, IISD and IFPRI aims to critically evaluate benefits, costs and trade-offs of agricultural interventions in order to achieve a global consensus on what it will cost to end...more



Policy-makers from Brazil, Uruguay and Indonesia discussed the role of forests in the global bioeconomy at a meeting in Bonn, Germany.more

Natural resources


The world’s consumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 as the global economy expands and living standards rise, placing twice the pressure on the environment that we are seeing today, according to a new OECD...more



What is the role of co-operatives in developing countries, especially today? And how can they contribute to achieving global food security? These were the two central issues that this year’s World Food Day Colloquium discussed at...more

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