Marie Ange from Haiti standing in front of the ruins of her house in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The new app can provide those helping after a disaster with practical advice.
Emergency aid

21.08.2017

On Saturday, the 19th August, World Humanitarian Day, the international Christian development organisation CBM presented a new app to be applied above all in disaster areas. It provides local helpers with easy-to-use tips on how...more

Tea pickers working in the field. In 2015, the UK obtained 79 per cent of all tea imports from developing countries. <br/ > Photo: ©J. Micaud / FAO
Trade

15.08.2017

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are also waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The latest positive signal from the UK Government should let them breathe a sigh of relief.more

Youth

10.08.2017

The ‘Youth Connekt Africa Summit 2017’ was held in Kigali, Rwanda, in mid-July. The continent is said to need 22 million new jobs every year. If the working conditions offered no real prospect of achieving prosperity even these...more

Agriculture

08.08.2017

The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 per cent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study by the International Water Management Institute – IWMI. With 885 million...more

Bioeconomy

01.08.2017

The first pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by Germany’s Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Ghana-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).more

Trade

27.07.2017

Agricultural subsidies are the biggest obstacles in international trade talks. Now the EU and Brazil have submitted a joint proposal to the WTO calling for a harmonisation of domestic subsidies to promote fair global trade.more

Migration

24.07.2017

800 million family members globally are supported by remittances, according to a report by IFAD. Taken together, individual remittances account for far more than the combined Official Development Assistance.more

Food security

20.07.2017

The third consecutive failed rainy season is going to worsen hunger in East Africa, FAO warns. Poor rains have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead.more

At the G20 Hamburg Summit, heads of the world’s leading economies presented an initiative to tackle youth unemployment in developing countries.more

Eucalyptus. <br/> Photo: Sydney Oats (flickr)
Environment

13.07.2017

Portugal’s disastrous forest fires were aggravated by eucalyptus trees grown for the paper pulp industry, environmentalists claim. The fires broke out as new legislation on forest management was still in preparation.more

A view from the highest point on Cicia island in Fiji. Fiji is one of the Small Island Developing States. <br/> Photo: © IFAD/Joanne Levitan

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A new Global Action Programme for SIDS countries aims to improve food-system sustainability and agriculture-sector resilience.more

Less-intensive use of fertilizers during rice cultivation is needed to protect the environment.<br/> Photo: © IFAD / Irshad Khan
Certification

06.07.2017

A widespread problem of over-fertilization is encountered from China and South Korea through to Vietnam and Taiwan. A TUM research team has now investigated which incentives would be needed in order for farmers to use less...more

Trade

03.07.2017

Nowadays, there are no end of shops that sell fairly-traded products. However, significantly more producers could benefit from this – above all if there was more support from the major brands.more

Harvesting tilapia fish for sale from a pond on Jafi Enterprises fish farm, western Kenya (April 2017). <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Tony Karumba
Animal Health

30.06.2017

Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV), a highly contagious disease, is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish for human consumption, warns FAO.more

Forestry

26.06.2017

Over recent years China has made considerable investments in its afforestation programme. A new study that takes stock of the successes achieved differentiates between new tree plantations and “real” forest areas.more

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