Millions of people in Africa lack access to clean water, and erosion is creating huge problems for communities that rely on local agriculture. Erosion and desertification are two issues that will keep young scientists here occupied for years.
Somalia is still on the verge of famine, says Peter de Clercq, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. About seven million people still depend on humanitarian aid.
African governments selling land to foreign investors has increased dramatically over the past decade. As the Africa Film Festival in Cologne showed, many filmmakers are now tackling the difficult subject in their work.
Such a display of unity is quite rare. European and African leaders attending a summit in Paris agreed that migration must be stopped - if the price is right, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
Togo is seeking outside assistance to stop it losing territory to the sea. Houses and roads are disappearing. Physical defenses can help, but they, too, are open to attack from the elements.
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