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



A cheap and effective tool that could save lives by helping health authorities target mosquitos infected with Zika virus has been developed by researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, and colleagues in Brazil.more



In Latin America rice is seriously threatened by the rice hoja blanca virus (RHBV). Now scientists of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are applying drones to evaluate rice breeding lines in the field that...more

Climate change


Rice is one of the chief foods for more than two billion people world-wide. In future, however, the nutrient content of this grain could be measurably reduced. The reason for this is the rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in...more

Cocoa production


As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. Swiss researchers have tested what shade trees can contribute to solving...more



While it is acknowledged that forest biodiversity contributes to climate change mitigation through improved carbon sequestration, conversely, how climate affects relations between tree species diversity and forest productivity is...more



Newly-developed small sewage treatment plants can be used to extract phosphorus for fertilising and improve water quality for irrigation. A project in Burkina Faso is supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).more



Scientists at Göttingen University have proposed a methodology which takes into account the different forms of hunger and the resulting effects on health.more



Payments for environmental services have proved difficult to put into practice. To understand the reasons for this relative lack of efficacy, researchers at the French research centre CIRAD analysed 70 programmes world-wide. A...more

Kemeriya Mohamed stacking harvested wheat, Kechema village, Dodola district, west Arsi zone, Ethiopia.<br/> Photo: ©CIMMYT/P. Lowe


The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), could be successfully ended,...more

Organic farming


A survey by Germany’s University of Göttingen demonstrates that only a combination of organic and conventional cultivation methods can guarantee a globally sustainable agriculture.more



Convincing smallholdings of the benefits that more efficient cultivation methods offer is seen as one of the greatest challenges on the way to a form of agriculture that can really feed the world. A Chinese project of unique...more

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