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

Farmers having breakfast in their kitchen, Meru County, Kenya. The SDGs were developed as indicators to combat inequality. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Luis Tato


The United Nations want to bring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the town halls. However, the approach of implementing Agenda 2030 through politics is a major challenge in a time full of conflict and radicalisation, as...more



At a High Level Conference with the Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauretania, Niger and Chad, known as the G5 Sahel countries, in late February 2018, the European Union agreed to provide a further 414 million euros for peacekeeping for...more

Human rights


Corruption, violation of human rights and suppression of freedom of the press are omnipresent in many countries and often go hand-in-hand – as shown in reports by Transparency International and Amnesty International.more

World Water Quality Portal. <br/> Photo: © EOMAP


Information on the water quality of lakes and rivers worldwide is provided by a new online portal by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme.more

Human rights


While the right to food enjoys world-wide recognition, in reality, it is often ignored. The same applies to women’s rights and to the right to education and political participation. A strong civil society is required to assert...more

Participants at CIRAD’s “Living Territories 2018” conference agreed on the need to adopt a territorial perspective in addressing development. Furthermore, they stressed that rural territories were still important in achieving the...more

Smallholder family in Karausi Province, Burundi. <br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Family Farming


The International Year of Family Farming celebrated five years ago will now be followed by a Decade of Family Farming. This underlines the major importance of Family Farming in achieving the SDGs. more



“From Agricultural Farming to Food Processing and Distribution – opportunities and challenges along the value chain” was the title of the 4th German-African Agribusiness Forum. The German-African Business Association, together...more



Towards the end of the 10th Berlin Agriculture Ministers Conference, delegates from 69 states as well as representatives of the European Commission and of international organisations committed themselves to responsible and...more

Climate change


Future warming will lead to increasing river flood risks worldwide, according to experts from PIK. Hence, it is necessary to invest now in additional adaptation measures to protect millions from flood disasters in years to come.more

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