Food security


Progress has been made in combating hunger. However, some of it is being nullified again by wars and the impact of climate change. And also by inequality, which is tending to rise rather than to decline in many world regions....more



Many farmers lack information on crop diseases. Now, a new developed mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts the farmers.more

Rural development


The 19th “Tropentag” at the University of Bonn, Germany, once again demonstrated that development co-operation needs to be thoroughly revised. Basic objectives such as irrigation, improved seed or the establishment of...more

A panel of politicians, academics and NGO representatives voiced their views of the German Government’s Marshall Plan with Africa and looked at what co-operation with the continent really requires in Bonn, Germany, last September.more

People suffering from drought.  Climate change causes extreme weather patterns in many regions of the world. <br> Photo: © Oxfam East Africa (flickr)
Climate change


A new platform named Invest4Climate aims to push finance for climate action. The platform intends to bring together different actors and facilitate steering climate-protection investments in line with the Paris Agreement.more

Indigenous women near Yanayacu, Ecuador. <br /> Photo: © David Brossard (flickr)
Rural development


Three German NGOs organised an event in September to mark the tenth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly. Participants stressed the role of indigenous peoples...more

The Amazon Rainforest, Brazilian state of Amazonas. <br/> Photo: © Neil Palmer (CIAT)
Forest conservation


At a time when deforestation rates in Amazon forest are increasing, a new initiative is striding in the opposite direction and aiming to recover in Brazilian forests. more

The world’s poorest are receiving a declining share of global financial resources according to a new report from the ONE Campaign. African countries are most affected, who also suffer from their governments‘ failure to make the...more

Food security


More than ten per cent of the global population are suffering from hunger. World hunger is on the rise again, driven by conflict and climate change, according to UN experts. more

Maize in Lipompo Province (South Africa), infested with the fall armyworm, March 2017. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Steven Lazaro
Plant protection


Since early 2017, the fall armyworm, a native of the Americas, has been spreading in Africa. Experts reckon that it will not be possible to completely exterminate the insect in the continent. On the contrary, it seems probable...more

Four organisations are joining forces to support African agriculture with a strategic partnership which aims to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least eleven African...more

A woman farmer in Zimbabwe feeding chickens. Poultry are an important factor for nutrition and economic development in the region. <br/> Photo: © FAO/Desmond Kwande
Animal Health


The recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Southern Africa are threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families in the region, warns the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...more

Floods have destroyed hundreds of villages India, Bangladesh and Nepal. <br/>Photo: © World Vision


Days of heavy rainfall have affected a total of more than 16 million people in South Asia. Rural regions are particularly hard-hit. The floods have destroyed thousands of hectares of cropland.more



More investment in water supply and sanitation in rural areas is needed, according to a report by the World Bank. There are major disparities in water supply and sanitation services between rural and urban, poor and non-poor...more



Monitoring forests is often difficult because of their complexity. To support countries in forest monitoring, which is necessary to measure progress towards the SDGs, the FAO developed The Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest...more

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