Youth

29.05.2017

Since December 2016, Germany has presided over the G20 – the 20 most important industrialised countries and emerging economies. In the course of this meeting, concrete agreements are to be reached on promoting youth employment in...more

78 per cent of soybean planted globally were biotech varieties. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Pius Ekpei
Biotechnology

25.05.2017

Over 185 million hectares biotech/GM crops were grown worldwide in 2016, while five countries planted 91 per cent of the global biotech crop area. The most planted biotech crop was soybean, followed by cotton.more

Devastating drought in Somaliland: People have lost 70 to 80 per cent of their livestock. <br/> Photo: © Getmann/Welthungerhilfe
Food security

22.05.2017

Presenting her organisation’s Annual Report, Welthungerhilfe President Bärbel Dieckmann criticised the lack of engagement among politicians across the world in combating hunger. Dieckmann called on the G20-Länder to join forces...more

Plant breeding

18.05.2017

Is drought-resilient maize an answer to pressure on African farmers through climate change? The Center for Development Research (ZEF) organised a panel of experts to address this topic in Bonn, Germany.more

Migration

11.05.2017

A study by WFP shows that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders. Nevertheless, many displaced people try to stay as close as possible to their hometowns, hoping to re-migrate some day. more

When global wheat prices, along with those of other staple crops, skyrocketed in 2007/08 and again in 2010/11, this caused poor people in many developing countries to suffer.
Food prices

09.05.2017

Neither speculating on the commodity markets nor using land to produce biofuels have been crucial to annual wheat price developments over the last four decades. Researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research...more

A young smallscale farmer in Kamboi village, Rift valley, Kenya. <br> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Rural development

04.05.2017

A large amount of global food supply is produced by small farms. Furthermore, areas with small farms provide a high diversity of food commodities. Researchers found that micronutrient production in these areas is higher than in...more

Farmers watering their plantation in Mubende, Uganda. <br/> Photo:  ©FAO/Isaac Kasamani
Water

02.05.2017

New online tool, developed by FAO, uses real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture. It is aimed to offer water-scarce countries and river basins a way to boost productivity.more

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

24.04.2017

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

Conflict

20.04.2017

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
Nutrition

03.04.2017

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

30.03.2017

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

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