Bionics, biotechnology and renewable resources – opportunities and challenges were discussed at the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2018 in Berlin, Germany.more

Climate change


In the framework of Africa’s first Climate Week, the Forum for the Nationally selected Technology Focal Points was organised by the United Nations Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) together with the World Agroforestry...more

Women at work in a rice field, Kaya, Burkina Faso. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano
Rice production


A mobile app launched by AfricaRice offers expert advice on weed management for rice production in Africa. Weeds are serious constraints to rice production in sub-Saharan Africa across all rice environments.more

Land degradation


Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration...more

Plant protection


A new mobile app aims to support farmers to fight against Fall Armyworm infestation in Africa. By early 2018, more than 40 African states and territories had reported Fall Armyworm infestations.more

Development policy


Germany’s debt relief alliance and the catholic relief organisation Misereor are drawing attention to dramatic developments in government debt among the poor countries of the Global South.more

In late February 2018, members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development analysed how to improve policy coherence for development when reforming the Common Agricultural Policy.more

Food security


The number of people in the world facing severe food insecurity has risen again during the last year, according to the Global Report on Food Crises. Conflicts and climate are the key drivers of food insecurity.more

Collecting millet for planting in Gafati, Niger. Critics are concerned that farmers could become more dependent on the megacorporation, particularly in the global South. <br/>Photo: © FAO/Andrew Esiebo

Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto has been approved by the European Commission, although this is subject to certain conditions. Civil society organisations are criticising the growing power in the seed and pesticide market.more

Environmental state secretary Jochen Flasbarth and Holger Lösch, deputy Director General of the Federation of German Industries BDI, present the awards to the young winners. <br/> Photo: © CFI


At the award ceremony of the German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment, the development service ‘Christliche Fachkräfte International’ received the special award for a project in Uganda. The association uses corncobs as...more



To mark World Water Day on the 22nd March, a wide range of organisations called for a fundamental shift in handling the natural resource of water. more

Rural mechanisation


Egyptian scientists have developed a truck with a technology that cuts grain losses down to zero during transports to the silos. The truck is also equipped with a precise system to record the weight of the crop and estimate the...more

Food security


Poor rains and crop infestations in southern Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with millions of people, particularly children, at risk, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) warns.more

The OECD and the FAO have launched a pilot project to kick-start the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains with 30 leading enterprises. more



Women and girls in developing countries continue to be victims of severe human rights violations. This has been pointed out by several relief organisations to draw attention to World Women’s Day, on the 8th March. But there is...more

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