If all three planned mergers in the seed market come to fruition, the new major corporations would have a dominant market share, giving them great influence on the structure of the agricultural and food system.more

South Sudan, 2016: As fighting ensued in their villages, people fled into the swamps of Southern Unity to find a safe place to hide. They created little islands by flattening the reeds and adding mud. <br />Photo: ©FAO/Francis Muana
Food security


The number of people in the world facing severe food insecurity has risen dramatically since 2015. The main driving factor of humanitarian crises are civil conflicts, which often causes a rapid deterioration in the livelihoods of...more



An FAO report presents a nation-wide assessment of the impact of war on agriculture in Syria and recommends that Syrian agriculture should be kickstarted now despite huge destruction.more

Agricultural public spending in sub-Saharan Africa lags behind other developing regions. Enhancing public spending in agriculture can provide a foundation to increase agriculture productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.more

At the opening session of the conference on hidden hunger in Stuttgart-Hohenheim. <br/>Photo: Beate Wörner


Participants at the 3rd Hidden Hunger Conference, held in Stuttgart/Germany in March, called on politicians to at last assume responsibility. The event focused on food diversity and an improved nutrition status for the poor...more

Farmers harvesting cabbages, Sierra Leone, 2016. The EU is continuing to rely on private capital and major company groups, although these need to implement projects aimed at small and medium-sized farmers and companies. <br/>Photo: ©Sebastian Liste/NOOR for FAO
Development policy


The European Consensus is an attempt by the EU to put its development policy and that of its member states on a common footing. The strategy paper presented in late 2016 promises binding coherence for Agenda 2030.more

More sustainable use of materials and energy would add an extra USD 2 trillion to the global economy by 2050.<br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Rindra Ramasomanana

If current trends continue, annual resource use per capita will grow by over 70 per cent by mid-century. According to experts from the International Resource Panel 2050, with resource efficiency measures the level of resource use...more

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


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


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


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


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

Rural mechanisation


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


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



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


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

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