Human, animal and environmental health form a single unit - with a very significant impact on the perspectives of sustainable development. The COVID 19 pandemic is not the first time that the close link between human, animal and environmental health is demonstrated. As a result, the concept of "One Health" has also gained importance on the political agenda. To implement it, KfW Development Bank is pursuing a series of approaches which are presented and evaluated in a new interdisciplinary specialist publication. The commitment in agriculture, for example, the preservation of biodiversity, water and natural resources and health protection already contributes to the goals of One Health. In future, it will be increasingly important to take interactions between sectors and structural interrelationships into account.
The controversial issue of large-scale acquisition of land in the Global South by national or international investors is the focus of increasing attention within development policy discourse and from the general public. Advocates hope that the growing interest of private investors will provide important growth and employment impetus for the target countries. Critics, on the other hand, complain about the lack of transparency in the acquisition of agricultural land and fear that the livelihoods of local land users will be put at risk and the environment destroyed in the long run.
The current issue of Development in Brief provides an overview of the discourse and discusses the opportunities and risks of large-scale land acquisition for the population in the target countries.