ZEF - Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, E-NEWSLETTER 02/2022, June 7, 2022
Join our in-person public lecture @ ZEF on “Global Food Security in CCC Times (Climate Change, Covid, and Conflict)"  on June 29, 2022, 4 PM, by Prof. Johan Swinnen. More information here


Research Paper on "Metrics Assessment and Streamflow Modeling under Changing Climate in a Data-Scarce Heterogeneous Region: A Case Study of the Kabul River Basin" by Fazlullah Akhtar, Christian Borgemeister, Bernhard Tischbein and Usman Khalid Awan
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ZEF-Working Paper No. 213
"Assessing householder social-ecological resilience in transboundary conditions: The case of the MAP region in southwestern Amazonia" by Daniel Callo-Concha, Elisabeth Lagneaux, Rodrigo Zenteno and Oliver Frör
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ZEF Working Paper 212
"The challenges of rural youth employment in Africa: a literature review" by Zaneta Kubik
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ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 316
"The Impact of Social Assistance Programmes in a Pandemic: Evidence from Kenya" by Christoph Strupat and Emmanuel Nshakira-Rukundo
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ZEF's Gender Group is organizing a virtual panel on "Only One Earth: Perspectives on the Interlinkages between Gender and Environment " with 4 guest speakers from India, Colombia, Cameroon, and Germany.
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ZEF-director Matin Qaim invited as an expert for statement to Germany's Federal Parliamentary Committee on Food and Agriculture

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ZEF-director Matin Qaim in ZDF talkshow "Markus Lanz"

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Distinguished professor and former ZEF-director Joachim von Braun was invited by the Germany's Federal President Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier to brief him on the global food crisis and related issues at the office of the President in Berlin.

Germany's Foreign Minister Ms. Annalena Baerbock visits ZEF-partner Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger.

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ZEF projects AFAS, CABES and LANUSYNCON were at the UNCCD's COP15 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

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Latest publications 
New study by ZEF researchers indicates benefits of reducing global meat consumption by 75%

If our planet Earth is to continue feeding us in the future, rich countries must significantly reduce their meat consumption - ideally by at least 75 percent. This is the conclusion of a new study by the University of Bonn. The study reviews the current state of research on various aspects of meat consumption. In addition to the effects on the environment and climate, these include health and economic effects.

A conclusion of the researchers: Eating meat in small amounts can be quite sustainable. The results are published in the journal Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Publication (Open Access): Martin C. Parlasca and Matin Qaim: Meat consumption and sustainability; Annual Review of Resource Economics, https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-111820-032340
New study co-authored by ZEF Director Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim: "Farm production diversity and child nutrition in Africa"

Malnutrition in developing countries is best addressed not by increasing the variety of crops grown on smallholder farms, but by improving access to markets. This is the conclusion of a recent study by the MwAPATA Institute in Malawi and the University of Bonn in Germany. More variety in animal production, however, does show positive effects. The findings are now published in the journal “Lancet Planetary Health”.

Publication (Open Access): Makaiko G. Khonje, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Milu Muyanga, Matin Qaim: Farm-level production diversity and child and adolescent nutrition in rural sub-Saharan Africa: a multicountry, longitudinal study; Lancet Planetary Health, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(22)00071-7
Speculation risks in food commodity markets in the context of the 2022 price spikes - Implications for policy

New ZEF policy brief points out that structural and acute causes of the food price crisis in 2022 are more complex and more severe than in 2008, but with regard to the risk of excessive speculation, lessons can be learned from the experience of the past price crises. Preventing excessive speculation in commodity futures markets is again crucial to ensure market integrity and functioning.

Read the full policy brief here:  
Lukas Kornher, Joachim von Braun and Bernardina Algieri. 2022. Speculation risks in food commodity markets in the context of the 2022 price spikes - Implications for policy. (ZEF Policy Brief 40)
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ZEF-Direktor Matin Qaim zu Gast bei "Zur Diskussion" von Deutschlandfunk zu "Der Krieg auf den Tellern: Die Ukraine und die weltweite Ernährungskrise"Der Krieg in der Ukraine hat auch Auswirkung auf die Nahrungsmittelpreise
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Interview des MDR mit Dr. Lukas Kornher zu Lebensmittel-Spekulationen
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