Opinion corner

Plant protection

What are the consequences of using synthetic pesticides in agriculture? Lena Luig, speaker at the development organisation INKOTA, and science journalist Ludger Weß discuss this very topic.

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One Health

In August, Germany’s development ministry set up a division concentrating on One Health topics. Parliamentary State Secretary Maria Flachsbarth on knowledge gaps at the human-animal-environment interface, the link…

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There is a longstanding debate among agricultural development stakeholders: state-led versus market-led strategies to transform food systems. While narratives provide an important framework to better understand this…

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Livestock

Livestock diseases that affect smallholders in resource-poor settings receive little attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has made apparent the considerable return to sustained investment in research for their prevention.

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Nutrition

“Eat less meat” is seen by many as a way of improving the health of the planet and its people. But the issue isn’t quite so simple – at least where the nutrition security and livelihoods of millions of people in the…

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Rural development

With COVID-19 set to plunge the world into prolonged crisis, our authors argue against top-down development approaches centred on urbanisation and industrialisation in agriculture-based developing countries. Rather, they…

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In a large number of countries, the impacts of the Corona pandemic are not only going to dramatically worsen the health and food supply situation but will also result in severe income and job losses. In particular, the…

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Food systems

What is required to make food systems provide sufficient, healthy food while not harming the planet? How should food security be maintained given the threat posed by climate change? Our authors look at some aspects of…

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Agriculture

The COVID-19 which emerged in Wuhan (China) towards the end of 2019 has since spread to other parts of the world and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the 11th March 2020. In Africa, the…

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In most African countries, COVID-19 is likely to trigger a combined health and food crisis. In order to cope with this unprecedented crisis, consistently aligning our policies to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

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