Food security


New research findings and policy challenges related to global agri-food system transformation were discussed at the 3rd GlobalFood Symposium at the University of Göttingen.more

Plant protection


A protein-based fruit fly bait to attract and kill pests is boosting incomes for fruit and vegetable farmers in Kenya. Tested in fields across Africa, the product is helping to overcome yield losses and costs 70 per cent less...more



Developing new drugs only makes sense for pharmaceutical corporations if they can later on recapture the high development costs via sales. This is one of the reasons why there is still a large imbalance between the availability...more



A project that started in 2012 is helping smallholders in 17 African nations obtain reliable and accurate weather data  to increase crop yields.more



Farmers in West Africa could increase their rice yields by using a smartphone app – “riceadvice” – developed by the Africa Rice Center. The app mainly offers tailor-made recommendations for efficient mineral fertiliser use.more



A new technique has enabled scientists in Germany to develop an active substance which can kill off the trypanosomiasis pathogens.more



Using drone technology could cut labour and costs spent in collecting data for maize breeding by at least ten per cent, preliminary findings of a project in Southern Africa show.more



Cultivation of internationally traded foods is taking up growing volumes of non-renewable groundwater. This is leading to dwindling reserves of groundwater, posing a global threat to future availability of food and water.more

Rice is the most important staple food for millions of people worldwide.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Rice Research Institute have agreed to co-operate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries in order to improve...more



Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest...more

Smart Food will be taken forward as a partnership with many organisations in India and in African countries. <br/> Photo: ICRISAT


‘Smart Food’, an initiative by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) which will initially focus on popularising millets and sorghum, has been selected by “LAUNCH Food” as one of the...more

Researchers around the globe are working on new methods and agents to combat malaria.<br/> Photo: CDC Global


More effective therapies for malaria infections may soon be available. Researchers at the Universities of Bayreuth and Jerusalem have developed a novel method to release active agents and the new agent “Artemisone” for this...more

Rural development


Insufficient cooling systems are among the chief constraints many small-scale dairy farmers in the Global South are faced with. Quite frequently, milk is rejected by collecting centres or processing plants. Germany’s University...more



An international team of researchers representing the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Wageningen University, has raised alarm over the enormous economic impact parasitic weeds...more



In small village communities around the globe, local resources are often not used sustainably. A study based on 233 village analyses showed that at least one forest product such as firewood, timber, food or animal feed has...more

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