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Sub-Saharan Africa is set to see a drastic population increase in coming decades. That is not news. But combine that with vast drylands that hardly can support sufficient food production to feed all peoples, and you have a recipe for disaster.
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Public Policy Guidelines for Integrated Landscape Management​​​​​​​. Conventional policy approaches that assume land can have one priority objective while ‘trading-off’ other objectives are no longer viable in much of the world.
Biodiversity’s contribution to ecosystem services in grasslands — at different levels of the food chain (known as trophic levels1) — has been assessed in a new study. Higher species diversity across trophic levels — particularly for plants, insects and soil microbial decomposers — is important for t…
Plant diversity improves soil stability, the results of a greenhouse experiment and a long-term field study show. This study, which covered a range of different soil types, is one of the first to investigate the effects of plant diversity on soil structure, which is important for provision of ecosys…
The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan aims to provide focus for the FAO gender-related work in Asia and the Pacific and identify delivery mechanisms for the period 2017-2019. The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan encompasses work at both the regional and country level and is primarily…
The number of documented international land investments (aka land-grabbing) has been on the rise since 2000. Investors, whether private or governmental, are particularly interested in large-scale tracts of land located in the less-developed countries of the Global South. Inevitably, such investments…
Poor people’s energy outlook 2016. Practical Action. Energy access is hallowed as an important component of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In addition, recognition of its fundamental role in achieving other global essentials, such as gender equality, economic empowerment, abolishment of indo…
Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report assesses the latest trends and projections on c…
The Paris Agreement came into force on 4 November 2016. Its parties have committed to contribute to the goal of keeping the average global temperature rise well-below 2 degrees Celsius, and to pursue efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees. Achieving this goal will require decarbonising the world’s…
An article by World Economic Forum states we can eradicate hunger by 2030 and indicates how to achieve the Zero Hunger goal in 5 steps. Every day too many men and women in countries across the globe struggle to feed their children a simple, nutritious meal. When we talk about achieving the Sustainab…
The Brookings report Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent in 2017 explores financial resources, employment, technology, urbanisation and climate change as the six overarching themes for Africa to tackle in 2017.
A recent joint report by the European Commission and the EEAS on the implementation of the EU's Sahel Regional Action Plan (RAP), demonstrates priority given by EU to migration control in the Sahel.
The JRC study shows that there is no single crowdsourcing solution. The main challenges are in encouraging crowd participation and ensuring that data collected are trustworthy and of high quality, which in turn depends on the right incentives being offered. Although the financial rewards offered to…
A storm of dust so fierce that it obscured seven Middle Eastern nations from satellite observation has been blamed on climate change. In August and part of September 2015, a wall of dust driven by a cyclone cloaked parts of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian territorie…
Raising Awareness around Critical Water Issues using Humor with a Twist
To achieve food security for all, new resource policies for sustainable land and water use are needed. Land, water, and energy need to be considered jointly in policies, not in isolation. G20 countries’ policy makers, corporate and civil society actors, and those of other countries should act in coo…
UNHCR, IOM and 72 partners today (19 January 2017) launched a new strategy and appeal to help respond to the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2017. The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan aims at complementing and reinforcing government efforts to ensure safe access to asylum a…
The year 2016 may well come to be seen as the start of a shift in course for Africa-Europe relations, as both continents faced major challenges and these will unavoidably affect the way they relate to one another. The 2017 edition of European Centre for Development Policy Management annual Challenge…
Soils face a global threat as population pressure, human development and swelling cities lead to mounting cropland loss. The world is about to surrender some of its richest farmland. As a consequence, crop production by 2030 could fall by up to 4% at a time when the planet gains another 1.1 billion…
This paper continues a line of research on improving strategic decisions (SD). The nature of governance issues (complex and uncertain world, lack of information, consideration of qualitative and quantitative information, participation of different actors in the decision making processes, etc.) impli…
Scientists call for urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas as map shows that roads lead to loss of biodiversity and damage to ecosystems. European, Brazilian and US scientists have delivered a new map of humanity’s mark on the world. Roads now fragment the terrestrial landscape an…
Wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) are currently the fastest-growing sources of electricity globally. A "next generation" phase of deployment is emerging, in which wind and solar PV are technologically mature and economically affordable. The success of variable renewable energy (VRE) is also bringing…
The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) is the definitive report of the United Nations on the state of the world economy. One of the most highly anticipated economic reports from the United Nations, it is jointly produced by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations…