Cocoa beans at organic cocoa collecting station in Monte Forte, São Tomé. Cocoa farmers need a fair certification system to survive in the market. <br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Cocoa production


The merger of Rainforest Alliance and UTZ is aimed to simplify the certification process for farmers. Currently, over 180,000 farmers are certified twice, once for each standard.more

By 2050, four-fifths of humankind will be living in cities. The impacts that this urban growth is going to have on food security and nutrition were discussed at a workshop organised jointly by the International Food Policy...more



'Investing in Development' was the motto of the European Development Days 2017. More than 8,000 participants from the international development community shared information and views on challenges and approaches in achieving...more

In January, Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller presented the outline of a ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’ as part of Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017. Development experts and civil society representatives discussed just how...more

Devastation from a flash flood that struck the village of Lemusa, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Climate change is expected to increase the number and intensity of floods in many regions of the world. <br/>: Photo: ©IFAD/Roger Arnold
Climate Change


The USA has announced it is leaving the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Paris Agreement is a major achievement in the fight against climate change, and the USA’s decision is being met with broad incomprehension.more

Rural development


Negotiations at the UN Human Rights Council conclude with deepened understanding of rural peoples’ rights and with the UN Intergovernmental Working Group gearing up for a 5th session. This was reported by the non-governmental...more

Forest conservation


The restoration of forest landscapes holds a considerable potential for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, the involvement of the local population is key in this context, various aspects...more



Since December 2016, Germany has presided over the G20 – the 20 most important industrialised countries and emerging economies. In the course of this meeting, concrete agreements are to be reached on promoting youth employment in...more

78 per cent of soybean planted globally were biotech varieties. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Pius Ekpei


Over 185 million hectares biotech/GM crops were grown worldwide in 2016, while five countries planted 91 per cent of the global biotech crop area. The most planted biotech crop was soybean, followed by cotton.more

Devastating drought in Somaliland: People have lost 70 to 80 per cent of their livestock. <br/> Photo: © Getmann/Welthungerhilfe
Food security


Presenting her organisation’s Annual Report, Welthungerhilfe President Bärbel Dieckmann criticised the lack of engagement among politicians across the world in combating hunger. Dieckmann called on the G20-Länder to join forces...more

Plant breeding


Is drought-resilient maize an answer to pressure on African farmers through climate change? The Center for Development Research (ZEF) organised a panel of experts to address this topic in Bonn, Germany.more



A study by WFP shows that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders. Nevertheless, many displaced people try to stay as close as possible to their hometowns, hoping to re-migrate some day. more

When global wheat prices, along with those of other staple crops, skyrocketed in 2007/08 and again in 2010/11, this caused poor people in many developing countries to suffer.
Food prices


Neither speculating on the commodity markets nor using land to produce biofuels have been crucial to annual wheat price developments over the last four decades. Researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research...more

A young smallscale farmer in Kamboi village, Rift valley, Kenya. <br> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Rural development


A large amount of global food supply is produced by small farms. Furthermore, areas with small farms provide a high diversity of food commodities. Researchers found that micronutrient production in these areas is higher than in...more

Farmers watering their plantation in Mubende, Uganda. <br/> Photo:  ©FAO/Isaac Kasamani


New online tool, developed by FAO, uses real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture. It is aimed to offer water-scarce countries and river basins a way to boost productivity.more

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