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ZEF-director emphasizes economic importance of soils at Eschborn Dialogue
December 05, 2013. 

At this year's 'Eschborn Dialogue', an event organized by GIZ on June 18-19 and attended by around 400 experts from politics, business and industry, science and civil society, ZEF-director Joachim von Braun gave a key note on 'The economic importance of soils' during a forum on 'The competition for soil: are we losing ground?'

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WASCAL an international organization now
December 05, 2013. 

After six out of ten of West African states participating in the WASCAL program and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have recognized WASCAL's constitution recently, the program obtained the official status of an 'international organization'. WASCAL is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and coordinated at ZEF.

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Study on climate change impact on food security published in Science
December 05, 2013. 

A new article co-authored by Tim Wheeler (Univ. of Reading) and ZEF-director Joachim von Braun calls for a 'climate-smart food system'. The researchers carried out a review of key scientific papers on food security and climate change since 1990. It confirmed a robust and coherent global pattern of climate change on crop productivity [...]

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Uzbekistan: A project review
December 05, 2013. 

ZEF just published a summary of achievements and highlights of ten years of interdisciplinary research in Uzbekistan. You can download the 17-page document, written by a group of project's researchers, here.

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It’s official: ZEF has a new director
December 05, 2013. 

As of today, October 1, ZEF’s Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management officially has a new director: Christian Borgemeister. Professor Borgemeister is now part of ZEF’s triple directorate. "I am looking forward to engaging with my colleagues at ZEF and our partners in Bonn, Germany and beyond", says Borgemeister.

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Rural poverty in Burkina Faso
December 04, 2013. 

A recent publication on: "Public policies for rural poverty alleviation: The case of agricultural households in the Plateau Central area of Burkina Faso" investigates which economic policies are able to break the vicious circle of the poverty trap Burkina Faso.

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Cutting-edge research on marginality by ZEF researchers
December 03, 2013. 

'Marginality. Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology' is the title of a new book launched at ZEF early November. The book contains the latest and interdisciplinary knowledge about marginalized and poor people and shows opportunities to address ways out of poverty and marginality.

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Cutting-edge research on marginality by ZEF researchers
November 10, 2013. 

November 8, 20103. 'Marginality. Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology' is the title of a new book launched at ZEF last week. The book contains the latest and interdisciplinary knowledge about marginalized and poor people and shows opportunities to address these issues.

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Reframing the South China Sea: Worskhop in Brunei, November 11-13
November 10, 2013. 

A workshop on "Reframing the South China Sea - Towards a Mediterranean Understanding of Culture and Resources" is going to be held in Brunei, November 11-13, 2013. The South China Sea will be looked at as a “Mediterranean sea” and compared to other landlocked seas in Asia and elsewhere.

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