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Climate change

The final text of the climate summit in Paris, France, contains much that is desired and only little that is demanded. Concrete steps were not agreed but, as usual, postponed to the future. Civil society must not let…

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Amrit Patel
Food security

At the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in June 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the “Zero Hunger Challenge”. India is still a long way off from reaching this target. Amrit Patel highlights specific aspects that…

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Fisheries

During the last few years, the donor community has increased its efforts to reduce the large amounts of fish lost in the distribution chain in artisanal fishery, an endeavour that ought to be welcomed in principle.…

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Soils

Without healthy soils, life on Earth would be unsustainable, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared with a view to the International Year of Soils. Our author highlights some features of soil management in India…

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Climate change

Adaptation to climate change in agriculture is a hot topic, but what exactly does it mean? Our authors suggest to take a step back before embarking on adaptation work in rural development, and to carefully clarify the…

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Food security

Despite some undeniable successes over the last decades, progress towards achieving food security and eradicating hunger in developing countries has not lived up to expectations. In large parts of sub-Saharan Africa and…

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Women

Rural women’s easy and reliable access to micro-credit is a sine qua non for their economic empowerment. In the context of International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2015, Amrit Patel highlights success factors and…

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Nutrition

Early in June 2014, the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference, took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Here, Marie Ruel, Director of the Poverty, Health and Nutrition division at the International Food Policy Research…

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Health

Meat demand is rising, given a growing world population and larger middle-income subpopulations. However, meat production faces challenges such as expensive inputs and animal and human health issues.

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Markets

For a long time, speculators only played a minor role on the commodities markets.

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