A composite of satellite images of East Kalimantan taken in 1996, 2007, and 2010 The red areas have largely changed from mangrove forest in 1996 to aquaculture by 2007. <br/> Photo: GMW


Expanding aquaculture in South-East Asia over the last two decades has been the main driver of mangrove loss in the world, says a study by Global Magrove Watch.more

Fires are currently the most significant disruptive factor in many forests around the world. <br/> Photo: © Can Stock Photo / thanasus


Droughts, fires and wind as well as insects and fungal attacks: all of them result in stress for the forests of the Earth – and they are all influenced by climate change. A study by an international research team shows that...more

SENTINEL-3 is an ocean and land mission composed of three versatile satellites (SENTINEL-3A, SENTINEL-3B and SENTINEL-3C). <br/> Photo: © European Space Agency (ESA)


Tropical peatlands are notoriously difficult to map and monitor on the ground. Satellites can help map and monitor critical peat landscapes.more

Indonesia is still the holder of the deepest peat areas. Here on the island of Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia. <br/> Photo: Nanang Sujana/CIFOR


Tropical countries are home to three times as much peat as previously thought, exposing new possibilities and challenges for tackling climate change – according to new research at the Center for International Forestry Research...more



At the United Nations’ Ocean Conference, researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and their colleagues from partner institutes presented a new report which examines the role of regional marine...more

Plant breeding


Through a natural, affordable alternative to farmers’ heavy use of nitrogen fertilisers, science now offers an option to boost crop productivity and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, say international scientists.more

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

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