Land tenure


Most of the land in sub-Saharan Africa is governed under various forms of customary tenure. Over the past three decades a quiet paradigm shift has been taking place transforming the way such land is governed.more

Climate change


A wetter future awaits South Asia, says a new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.more



Scientists of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) have transferred a biochemical pathway found in sorghum, which produces a weed-killing compound, into rice plants.more

Animal husbandry


Today’s agricultural feed cultivation for cattle, pigs and chicken comes with tremendous impacts for the environment. Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help to alleviate the critical...more

Climate change


Over the last 25 years, soil respiration has already increased by 1.2 per cent across the world. With most soils, more carbon is bound than released into the atmosphere. Continuing global warming could change this, US researchers...more



A thirteen-year scientific effort has culminated in a paper published in the journal ‘Science’ on the 17th August: An international research team joined forces to map the genome of bread wheat. The sequence is the first nearly...more



Land-use intensification in agrarian landscapes is seen as a key strategy to simultaneously feed humanity and use ecosystems sustainably; but the conditions that support positive social-ecological outcomes remain poorly...more



Land-use intensification in the tropics plays an important role in meeting global demand for agricultural commodities but generates high environmental costs. A study by researchers of the German University of Göttingen analysed...more



The “VicinAqua” project, supported by the European Union, aims to develop an efficient, flexible and robust system for wastewater treatment and reuse in aquaculture.more



The banana Musa acuminata, a wild species that grows in South East Asia, is not only a food crop. Scientists have found out that different non-food morphological parts of the plant bear various pharmacological properties,...more



ETH Researchers at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland have genetically modified a key variety of rice, making it very efficient at enriching its grains with iron and zinc.more

Climate change


With the Paris Agreement’s ambition of limiting climate change to well below two degrees, negative emission technologies (NETs) have moved into the limelight of discussions in climate science and policy. Recent studies by the...more



The Center for International Forestry Research and the environmental reporting platform Mongabay have launched a partnership to spread more news about the world’s forest ecosystems.more



Agroecology embraces a collection of different disciplinary fields, ranging from agriculture and ecology to political theory. A stronger recognition of agroecology in agricultural research, which often has a strong production...more



An interdisciplinary research approach to sustainable resource management (IWRM) has succeeded in establishing a multi-resource mix for water use for the population of the Namibian Etosha basin which can permanently improve the...more

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