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Land use is the only way to draw down carbon. “If you’re going the wrong way, you need to stop and turn around. Slowing down just means you’re going the wrong way more slowly.”
Globally, hunger levels are at their highest. In fact, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, over 70 million people across 45 countries will require food emergency assistance in 2017, with Africa being home to three of the four countries deemed to face a critical risk of famine: Nig…
Two billion people live in the drylands, which cover 41 percent of the world's land area. Far from being bare and lifeless, these drylands contain trees and forests essential to the lives of people and animals, supplying basic needs such as food, medicine, wood, energy, and fodder for livestock. But…
This forward-looking report highlights major disaster risks to food security and agriculture in the indicated reporting period. When a new emergency or deterioration of the current situation is very likely and might have severe impacts, it is indicated as “high risk”. In the case of moderate to high…
Addressing migration requires investments in sustainable rural development. Focus should be on rural youth. WFP undertook this study to determine the role that food security and other factors play in compelling cross-border migration. Drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, the study gives…
Most of us don’t think much about soil, let alone its health. It’s time to recommend some skin care for Mother Nature. Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity.…
From needs to implementation: Stories from the technology needs assessments. The Technology Needs Assessment process is organized around three main activities: a) To identify and prioritise mitigation and adaptation technologies for selected sectors; b) To identify, analyse and address barriers hind…
Resilient Cities 2017, the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation takes place May 4 - 6, 2017 in Bonn, Germany and anticipates more than 400 participants - among which local government representatives, international organizations, private and public sector resilience and climate chan…
Climate change is upsetting rainfall patterns and the frequency of flooding in West Africa as it makes the region's Sahel storms three times likelier.
A growing number of studies analysing the statistical relationship between climate change and violent conflict have appeared in recent years. Whilst this research offers a comprehensive and systematic assessment of emerging climate-security risks, its results remain ambiguous and are often misinterp…
Despite the recent slowdown of the global economy and the weakening of Africa’s economic performance with the attendant implications for inclusion and sustainability, the long term growth outlook for Africa remains promising. The region’s long-term fundamentals remain strong as the pace of growth st…
Energy consumption in Africa is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000 shows a new Atlas recently released by the UN Environment and African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum being held in Durban, South Africa. Current energy production in Africa…
Without urgent action to address low levels of competitiveness, Africa’s economies will not create enough jobs for the young people entering the job market. If current policies remain unchanged, fewer than one-quarter of the 450 million new jobs needed in Africa in the next 20 years will be created.…
A guidebook on gender mainstreaming, a brief on the role of women in climate change adaptation in the Himalayas, and a report on decent work for indigenous peoples have pointed to the role of women and indigenous peoples in addressing climate change. These publications highlight the interlinkages am…
The SBI will convene two mandated events on capacity building: the first meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building taking place from 11-13 May 2017; and the sixth meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building to be held on 10 May 2017. The SBSTA is expected to address the development an…
Natural water-retention measures, which ‘keep the rain where it falls’, have great potential to be used as part of flood-risk management plans. But their benefits for downstream urban areas can bring costs to the upstream agricultural areas where they are installed, a recent analysis explains. The r…
A new study provides clues as to which innovative low-carbon technologies will successfully get onto the market quickly. The historical analysis of 16 energy technologies — from steam engines to wind power — found that the average length of a product’s ‘formative phase’ is 22 years. This important p…
2017 is a defining year for the partnership between Europe and Africa. In a rapidly changing global landscape, Africa is experiencing profound economic, political and societal changes, and its importance to the internal and external dimensions of Europe's security and prosperity is becoming ever mor…
This publication is a Technical report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process. The scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the Europ…
A joint Conference of the “International Soil Conservation Organization” (19th ISCO ), the “World Association for Soil and Water Conservation” (WASWAC), the “European Society for Soil Conservation” (8th ESSC Congress), the “International Union of Soil Science (IUSS-), the Soil and Water Conservation…
This dataset is derived from the integration of the LUCAS soil survey data with the bio-geochemistry process-based model DayCent. The model was ran for more than 11,000 LUCAS sampling points un­der agricultural use, assessing also the model uncertainty. Meta-models based on model outcomes and the Ra…
The development of the Rainfall Erosivity Database at European Scale (REDES) and its 2015 update with the extension to monthly component allowed to develop monthly and seasonal R-factor maps and assess rainfall erosivity both spatially and temporally. During winter months, significant rainfall erosi…
The special report, titled ‘Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems,’ will document existing scientific knowledge on the linkages between climate change and land, of relevance…
According to the UN, there are 20 million people in the Sahel who are food-insecure, mainly due to lack of water. If development plans for hydropower and irrigation projects do not position ecosystems at the heart of national and regional development strategies, Europe and other nations will fail to…
Global early warning - early action report on food security and agriculture April – June 2017