Agriculture

Freshwater deficits are affecting more and more people throughout the world. In order to counter this, our global food system will have to change, our author maintains. A case for more research on alternative crops and…

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Gender

On the invitation of the African Union’s Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD), a meeting was held on the theme “Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in late October 2019.…

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Plant breeding

An article in our 3/2019 edition focusing on “Plant breeding for food security” examined the potential of New Plant Breeding Technologies such as CRISPR/Cas. However, our authors maintain that important aspects were…

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In his Opinion article “Divorced from reality” in the previous Rural 21 edition, our author Ingo Melchers accused some of the German NGOs and church relief organisations of lacking strategies to address the problems of…

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In one of the most important policy fields in development cooperation, rural development, German NGOs are not maintaining a convincing discourse, our author claims. Why the African continent isn’t benefiting from Western…

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Family Farming

This year opens the Decade of Family Farming, which aims to improve the life of family farmers around the world. In an earnest discussion, two leaders in the global agriculture community reflect on the challenges facing…

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Disasters

Ethiopia has to cope with humanitarian crises year after year. Sophie Gebreyes, Country Director of the Lutheran World Federation, calls for a better link between disaster risk reduction concepts and emergency response…

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Land governance

Land rights form the base of land management in the world and pave the way to a sustainable or unsustainable land use. In the context of the World Bank’s land and poverty conference, which took place in March 2019, our…

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Digitisation

Mobile services and smartphone apps, so-called m-services, can help to empower farmers with information and access to services and markets. But we should not neglect looking at their downsides. Strengthening farmers…

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Gender

Feminism, food sovereignty and agroecology are inextricably linked for the Brazilian feminist organisation SOF – Sempreviva Organizacão Feminista. We wanted Miriam Nobre, SOF Co-ordinator for the Ribeira Valley, a region…

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