Food security


This year’s theme for World Food Day – which is observed every year on October 16th in more than 150 countries – is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. Our author Amrit Patel looks at the measures needed...more



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 Institute...more



Devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippine island of Leyte in November 2013 need not have assumed such awesome proportions if the island’s original natural environment had not been destroyed by deforestation and...more

Food security


Not least thanks to its actively involving all stakeholders, the Committee on World Food Security is praised as a great achievement in the fight against world hunger. Is this justified? Yes, but with downsides, says Marita...more

Rural women


Why do you care about women’s land rights? Isn’t it enough for the household to have land?“ This question is a common refrain Agnes Quisumbing, researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, hears from...more

Rural development


The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Rightly so, says Eve Crowley, Principal Advisor for Gender, Equity and Rural Employment at the FAO, for family farmers play a key role in numerous...more

“It’s time for the international community to do more to help large and small farmers manage the many-fold risks they are faced with every day”, writes the CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Jin-Yong Cai in a...more



What role can agricultural research play in poverty reduction? What are the challenges ahead? An interview with Perez del Castillo, Chair of the CGIAR Consortium Board.more

Next year, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) celebrates its tenth anniversary. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU) Commission, sums up...more



Author: Eirik Jarl Trondsenmore



Despite the efforts being made by African leaders and Agricultural organisations to make farming more attractive to young people, some participants of the young people farming and food conference – from 19 – 21 March, in...more

Food security


Author: Carl-Albrecht Bartmermore

Food security


Author: Andrew MacMillan (l) & Ignacio Truebal (r)more



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. more

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

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