Fall armyworm. <br/>Photo: ©  FAO/ Leonard Makombe
Disasters

22.03.2017

Fall armyworm outbreak is threatening food security in southern Africa that is reeling from the effects of consecutive droughts. This pest is relatively new to the African continent; in the past it occurred mainly in the Americas.more

WFP and FAO distribute seeds, farming tools and food supplies to starving families in Dimbissi, Central African Republic, 2016. <br/>Photo: ©FAO-WFP/Ricci Shryock
Food security

16.03.2017

The website foodmonitor.org will show prices for basic foods in near real-time and use a traffic light system to identify developing supply problems for the individual products. more

Food security

13.03.2017

Food price risks were discussed at a seminar in Bonn, Germany marking the launch of a book covering research conducted by ZEF and IFPRI on the issue. more

Farmers cleaning a field from unharvested potatoes preparing the soil for the new season.<br/>Photo: ©IFAD/Giulio Napolitano
Insurance

09.03.2017

A new risk-sharing facility by GIIF and Africa Re aims to lower premiums for insured farmers in Africa.more

Rural mechanisation

07.03.2017

Mechanisation can prove to be a very difficult venture, especially in the context of smallholders. The German Development Institute, together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, organised an expert round...more

Food security

02.03.2017

Drought is pushing food prices up sharply in East Africa. The soaring cost of basic staples is an extra challenge for pastoralists as livestock prices fall.more

Environment

28.02.2017

The USA’s new administration under Donald Trump is causing anxiety among environmental researchers, with massive cuts ahead for government-funded programmes. But in many areas, Trump’s onslaught on scientists seems almost like a...more

Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development of the EU Commission, at the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Annual Asembly. <br/> Photo: Gudrun Barenbrock
Rural development

23.02.2017

This year’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development focused on the transformation of rural development in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. The organisers of AGA define rural...more

SDGs

20.02.2017

Global Partnerships were addressed by a Global Policy Forum workshop held in Bonn, Germany, early in February. The meeting also addressed the issue of food security.more

Some enterprises in rural areas are too big to access microfinance and too small to receive loans from commercial banks. <br/>Photo: ©IFAD/GMB Akash
Finance

16.02.2017

There is a huge financing gap in rural areas, according to IFAD. The Smallholder Agriculture Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) now aims to help bridge that financing gap in order to support smallholder farming and rural...more

Tourism

13.02.2017

Tourism is an important economic sector in many emerging and developing countries. Sustainable tourism can contribute to reducing poverty and protecting the environment. Moreover, it can fos-ter mutual understanding, leading to...more

Trade

10.02.2017

Free trade and the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements were criticised at the 5th Ecumenical Strategy Congress of the Churches in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The participants addressed the issue of whether...more

Water

06.02.2017

Smallholders play a vital role in ensuring food supply world-wide, but need support to cope with growing water shortage problems. What the agriculture and food industry on the one hand and politics on the other can do to support...more

Agribusiness

02.02.2017

Ever fewer corporations are gaining a constantly increasing share of global food production. This could jeopardise the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, non-governmental organisations warn and call for stricter...more

The G20 ministers of agriculture in Berlin

At their meeting in Berlin/Germany in late January 2017, the G20 agriculture ministers agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water resources. Germany’s Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt stressed how...more

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