Soils

A breakthrough in how soils are analysed, known as soil spectroscopy, is equipping both farmers and government decision-makers with a new tool in combatting land degradation and improving farmers' crop yields and income.

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Water

Most developing countries discharge around 95 per cent of wastewater untreated, causing pollution of the environment and of drinking water. Low-cost constructed wetlands technology is urgently required a Danish study…

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Rural development

The population of Africa will probably double to 2.6 billion by 2050. Progress in development is needed to slow this growth. A new study shows that good approaches and projects are on hand. Africa is getting ready for…

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Health

In Africa, the tsetse fly, carrier of sleeping sickness, has so far been attacked with insecticides or caught in traps, Bioscientists at Frankfurt University have developed a process using a biotechnological technique to…

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Climate change

Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The importance of seagrasses is highlighted in a new report, Out of the…

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Digitisation

Use of mobile phones holds great promise for identifying and understanding gendered climate change adaptation strategies in rural areas of the Global South. Our authors describe the methodology and results of a case…

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Development policy

The spread of COVID-19, and the range of policy responses to contain the pandemic, exert wide-ranging effects on agri-food systems and livelihoods. The ‘COVID-19 Policy Response (CPR) Portal’ of the International Food…

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Knowledge sharing

Germany’s Thünen Institute has increased its activities in Africa in recent years. Scientific training and education are a crucial part of many of these activities. Specific examples are presented in this article, as are…

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Food systems

An international group of almost 50 scientists have identified 75 emerging innovations and has drawn up eight action points with the aim of accelerating the transition to a sustainable and healthy food system.

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Forestry

Brazil is one of the hotspots of the corona pandemic, and the Brazilian Amazon is particularly hard hit. Deforestation rates have risen in the last months due to weak controls because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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