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.
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.
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?
Although in its early stages, the Saudi-China nuclear desalination project could have regional motivations beyond enhancing Saudi Arabian water security.
The damage caused by the cyclical monsoon season in South Asia is projected to increase in coming decades. The countries most severely affected by flooding need to implement durable adaptation policies if they wish to effectively manage and minimise damage and losses.