press review - april 23/29, 2018

Ghana Web

Food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa: Khofi Annnan's take on tackling the issue

The Ghana news website draws upon the article which the Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Khofi Annan, wrote for the Food Sustainability Index blog, produced in partnership by BCFN and The Economist Intelligence Unit. At the heart of his intervention, how to tackle the food-sustainability challenge in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Spring reads for more sustainable food production: also including the report by BCFN

20 good reads for this spring suggested by Food Tank: also including the English edition of Eating planet, the report which BCFN has drawn up on the issues of food sustainability, about to be published in June 2018 with the title "Nourished Planet: Sustainability in the Global Food System". Another of the recommended reads is the book by Italian chef Massimo Bottura "Bread is Gold", where he explains how to turn ordinary ingredients into extraordinary dishes.

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The Telegraph

The British government may ban fast food near schools

Stop opening new fast food restaurants near English schools. This is the appeal made by the British government, who wants to reduce child obesity in pupils across the United Kingdom. Indeed, it would seem that children are more attracted to fast food chains rather than healthier school lunches. In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has already banned fast food chains from opening outlets near schools. Now ministers and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are asking for this ban to be extended across the whole of the United Kingdom. 

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WHO urges action on Europe’s biggest killers to reduce early deaths by a third

Major noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, account for almost 9 deaths in 10 in the European Region. This is why in a recent international meeting, the World Health Organization urged for national health services to be boosted, especially as regards prevention. Indeed, according to representatives of the WHO, at least 80% of people affected by heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and 40% of those suffering from cancer, would have remained healthy if the major risk factors, such as alcohol, tobacco, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, were tackled.


Premium Times - AllAfrica

Less than 10% of Nigerian households have access to potable water

This figure was disclosed by Zaid Jurji who is Chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for UNICEF Nigeria. In a lengthy interview, the head of the association explained how less than 10 per cent of households has access to safe drinking water and safe sanitation. This is jeopardizing the achievement of one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6). According to Jurji a distributed and functional national network is what is lacking the most, in addition to an as yet insufficient number of investments from the government. 



No-deal Brexit would be disastrous for the UK food and drink industry

These are the findings of a recent report published on April, 22 and written by MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee. The report emphasizes how leaving the Customs Union could for the United Kingdom lead to a rise in prices and increased bureaucracy, with the ensuing loss in competitiveness for England's entire food and drink industry. The whole food and drink industry is worth more than Euro 30 million a year to the UK economy. 


UN News

A bio-based, reuse economy can feed the world

A bioeconomy based on farming and the use of biomass can help tackle pollution and climate change. This was the statement made by a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official at the Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin on April 18. Biomass, obtained from both plants and animals, can in fact be a fundamental resource to feed an economy based on organic and renewable sources, as opposed to fossil fuels. Technology and the business world are already ready to support this revolution. 


A European Commission proposal wants to ban unfair trade practices

A recent proposal by the European Commission wants to ban unfair trade practices in the food supply chain, to ensure fairer treatment of small and medium sized food and farming businesses. The latter in fact lack the economic and legal tools to protect themselves against market giants. 



Links between human rights and SDGs

The Danish Institute for Human Rights launched the UPR-SDG Data Explorer, a tool which allows its user to explore the links between human rights and the SDGs and to identify priority areas for SDG implementations.

The tool is accompanied by a report titled ‘Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Lessons learned and next steps,’ which shares tools and lessons learned to inspire integrated approaches that can contribute to realizing human rights and sustainable development for all.



Methodologies for the integral and sustainable production of goods and services for the countries of Latin America

The FAO has launched an online Self-Learning Course on the methodologies for the production of goods and services that are compatible with natural resources, dedicated specifically to Latin American and the Caribbean. The goal of this course is to promote reflection on the sustainable production of goods and services in forest-farming and aquicultural-fishing systems for family farming. It is based on the experience of the "Cultivating Good Water" Program and other previous experiences of the FAO.



SDG Achievement in water-scarce cities

A World Bank report highlights water security as an integral part of achieving the SDGs, arguing that human development, livable cities, climate change, food security and energy security all hinge on access to water and sanitation services.

The report draws on experiences from 20 water-scarce cities around the world, in both developed and developing countries, and proposes a range of measures for improving urban water supply security.