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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Health

For centuries, people living in Africa have depended on social capital in coping with critical shocks. Can the continent’s social capital be part of the strategy to mobilise resources for a much-needed social safety net…

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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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