ZEF theme: Land, water, food and energy

Land, water, food and energy

Research on land, water, food and energy is broadly based on new nexus thinking. Water and food security, the most basic human demands, are the central elements from which many other development demands derive. In our globalized world, these problems cannot be solved using purely national or regional approaches. We need to consider the sustainability of growth and the use of land and water for competing purposes. In parallel to the pivotal challenge facing human kind of reducing hunger and extreme poverty, the need to create and expand efficient systems of energy supply and use in emerging economies highlights the need for research on alternative forms of energy use, in particular the role of biomass.


Amazonian and Cerrado Biomes in danger
May 13, 2019.

 Soy plantations threaten larger areas of rainforest and its habitats with the improvement of infrastructure, study shows - MapBiomas awards research of ZEF-scientists and colleagues

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The Global Biodiversity Summit: An urgent call to action
May 10, 2019.

 Paris - Scientists and policy makers from all across the globe met at the 7th plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from April 28th to May 4th, 2019. More than 800 people participated at this summit which was hosted by the UNESCO in Paris.

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ZEF in the press


PARI Project at the 30th ICAE 2018

Africa’s rural youth – An underutilized resource for the transformation of African agriculture