Publications

Rural development

How could the manifold potentials of the Sahel region be better harnessed? Newly published national studies by an international research team provide some answers.

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Digitisation

Digital transformation provides a great opportunity for African countries. But the gap between rural and urban areas in terms of internet access is still large. Rural areas are lagging behind. Dissemination of digital…

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Soils

Soil organisms are important for agriculture and food security, they contribute to human health and have potential to mitigate climate change. But not only does their importance remain largely underestimated, they are…

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Climate change

Despite a dip in 2020 carbon dioxide emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century. A green pandemic recovery could bring the world closer to…

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Land management

This background paper highlights the opportunities landscape approaches can bring to rural areas with their ecosystems and communities.

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Land governance

Land is much more unevenly distributed world-wide than previously assumed – to the detriment of smallholdings, indigenous communities and, in particular, women. A new report issued by the International Land Coalition…

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Agriculture

The 2020 edition of the annual SOFA report focuses on water. To achieve the SDGs, more productive and sustainable use of freshwater and rainwater in agriculture must be ensured, the report states.

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Finance

Only a small amount of the money invested in climate action globally is provided to support smallholder farming, despite these farmers urgently needing more support to sustain their livelihoods in the face of climate…

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This report reviews achievements in agricultural policy, identifies gaps that African decision-makers still need to address, and discusses the broader institutional, regulatory, and political factors that condition…

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Biodiversity

There is a dramatic decline in animal species populations all over the world. On land, species are declining mainly because of habitat loss and degradation driven by food production.

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