Food security


Despite population growth, the number of food insecure people is likely to decline over the next ten years, according to a report from USDA.more



In July the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development held the Oceans Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The focus was on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – “Life below water”. Specifically, it was concerned with the subgoals...more



Environmentalists have warned that the Earth’s 2018 budget of natural resources has already been used up – in less than eight months. And US meteorologists state that 2017 was one of the three warmest years on record, the other...more

Development policy


The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) was launched in 2012 by the G8 countries, ten African countries, the private sector and NGOs. The results achieved so far have been evaluated in a Synthesis Report issued...more



Water pollution from unsustainable agricultural practices poses a serious risk to human health and the planet's ecosystems, a problem often underestimated by policy-makers and farmers, the FAO and the IWMI state in a new report.more

Climate change


A software tool developed by India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is helping balance the diets of 2.4 million heads of Indian cattle, leading to increased milk output and reduced methane emissions, an international...more



At an international conference organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Berlin/Germany, experts from governments, the UN, civil...more

Development policy


The most sustainable way to achieve the climate targets along with the Sustainable Development Goals might be a policy combination. CO2 pricing policies in combination with lifestyle changes are most effective, according to...more

Plant protection


Fall Armyworm is still spreading, having infected millions of hectares of maize by now and threatening the food security of more than 300 million people. A new mobile App, called Nuru, aims to support farmers in the fight again...more



The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations hosted the first Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors. Stakeholders discussed concrete areas of joint action for the...more

Rural development


The number of child labourers in agriculture world-wide has increased by more than ten per cent since 2012, driven in part by violent conflicts and disasters, according to FAO. more



The twelfth edition of the European Development Days aimed to bring together the European Union's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.more



The seabed contains precious metals. The battle over their extraction has long started. But nobody knows exactly what the consequences of deep sea mining are going to look like for the marine ecosystem. Civil society...more



The programme Afrisoils aims to support African countries in implementing sustainable soil management, leading to agricultural growth, improved food security and better adaptation to climate change.more



Foreign direct investment has fallen by more than 20 per cent compared to last year. For the developing countries, it represents one of the largest sources of income, with much of the money flowing into food industry and the...more

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