PRESS REVIEW - August 22/27, 2020

South China Morning Post

Bangladesh seeks loan to combat climate change

The Asian country’s Delta Plan 2100 involves 80 projects, including land reclamation, the construction of embankments, and the creation of safe navigation channels. Bangladesh will invest 0.8 per cent of its GDP in water-related projects, which will have to rise to about 2.5 per cent by 2030.

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Coronavirus survives on frozen food for 3 weeks

A new study published in BioRxiv found that the Sars-Cov-2 virus can survive on frozen meat and fish for up to 3 weeks. The study found live viruses, not just genetic material, on previously chilled and frozen meat. The research aims to determine how contaminated food can be a carrier of the virus and therefore be a source of new outbreaks

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The Guardian

Human consumption of the Earth’s resources has decreased in 2020

Earth Overshoot Day, or the day when human consumption exceeds the amount that nature can regenerate in a year, was postponed by more than three weeks from July 29 in 2019 to August 22 this year. According to the researchers, this is a 9.3 percent reduction in humanity's ecological footprint compared to the same period last year, and this apparently happened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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All Africa

The number of people in need of food aid is growing in Burkina Faso

According to the World Food Program (WFP), the number of people in need of emergency food aid in Burkina Faso has tripled to over 3.2 million, with 11,000 of them suffering from levels of hunger defined as “catastrophic”. The causes are attributable in particular to the recent pandemic, which has undermined the country’s already difficult situation.

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Food Navigator

Nestlé launches plant-based tuna

Known as Vuna, it will be the vegan alternative to tuna. The Swiss giant has in fact announced the launch of a food range based on vegetable tuna. For now, the product will be sold in Switzerland, Germany and the United States.

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Food Security 2020 report updated

FAO has released “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020” report, which provides new updated data on the nutritional status of many countries around the world and allows readers to obtain projections of the level of malnutrition in different countries until 2030 using a special online tool.

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