In 2014, Russia used Western-imposed sanctions to better develop domestic industries and its plans for food self-sufficiency out to 2020. Russia is now applying this approach to Turkey by maintaining a ban on tomato imports, and wealthy oligarchs are happy to oblige.
Reducing food loss and waste will provide China with economic, social and environmental benefits. Changing legislative and regulatory conditions will help to reduce food loss and waste but, to ensure greater success, cultural attitudes will also need to change.
The aim of the World Trade Organisation mini-ministerial meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, is to prepare developing countries ahead of the Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and to ensure they attend the Conference with a consensus already formed.
A visit by seven Dutch horticultural firms to Qatar is a sign that the Gulf state is actively looking to reduce its reliance on foreign imports and increase domestic production.
Overcoming fertiliser overuse will require innovation and environmental awareness to produce a response that is sustainable and considers the vitality of the natural environment.
The Convention’s revised approach to tackling land degradation signals a more regionally-specific approach that emphasises the larger role small farms have in focussing UN-backed efforts to tackle land degradation challenges.
Reducing deforestation in the Ciliwung River basin will help to improve water security in Jakarta and contribute greatly to the reduction of carbon emissions globally.
Water scarcity has led to minor fatal confrontations, and regional transboundary issues are growing too. In the coming years, Iran has a chance to lead through co-operation or be held back and potentially fall into further conflict.
There are multiple social and environmental stressors acting upon the population of the Lake Chad basin. Boko Haram, the largest non-state armed group in the region, has exacerbated and benefited from these stressors.
Japan has a unique policy and legislation with which to promote nutritional education and inform food choices. Could a similar concept be introduced in Australia?