Nutrition

22.03.2016

Interventions to fight hidden hunger particularly eclipse poor people living in remote rural areas – and hence many who are involved in agriculture. Biofortified crops can help bridge this gap, our author maintains.more

One extensively discussed topic at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin/Germany in mid-January was how rural areas can supply burgeoning cities with food. However, our author maintains that this is a task that the...more

Health

05.01.2016

Money spent on health systems of partner countries in the context of international co-operation runs into the billions. Why have the health systems nevertheless failed so miserably in the case of Ebola?more

Health

05.01.2016

Given the magnitude of the problem, spending on research into poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases is by far not sufficient. Are experiences with the recent Ebola epidemic and the resolutions adopted by this year’s G7...more

Climate change

22.12.2015

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 itself be...more

Amrit Patel
Food security

19.11.2015

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 need...more

Fisheries

17.08.2015

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. However,...more

Soils

24.07.2015

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 and...more

Climate change

15.06.2015

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 goals of...more

Food security

13.05.2015

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 South...more

Women

08.03.2015

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 shortcomings...more

Food security

24.10.2014

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

Nutrition

18.07.2014

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

Environment

21.03.2014

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

08.11.2013

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

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