PRESS REVIEW - AUGUST 27/31, 2018

AllAfrica

Deforestation is on the increase in Nigeria

According to the latest data available, Nigeria is losing 1.5 million trees a day due to illegal logging. A rate of 3.5 percent a year, considered the highest in the world. A worrying figure, since 80% of the world's flora and fauna lives and survives thanks to this habitat. A similar report by the UNDP has underlined that the level of deforestation is increasing even though Federal Governments have reduced timber output.

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The Straits Time

A probiotic drink from tofu processing residues

The latest development in combating food waste comes from Singapore: researchers at the National University of Singapore (Nus) have found a way of recycling soy milk and tofu processing residues to create a new drink, with a slightly sweet and sour, plummy flavor, which can be stored at room temperature and has a shelf life of six weeks.

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The Irrawady

Half the world's schools are without toilets and clean water


This finding is published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent report showing that at least 900 million children do not have access to toilets or clean water in schools. This puts pupils' health and school attendance at serious risk, the WHO states. The report also found that almost a third of primary and secondary schools do not have a safe, reliable supply of drinking water.

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The Telegraph

Vegan? Not macho enough

A curious finding emerges from research by scientists from the University of Southampton: they have discovered that men who do not like meat or are unable to eat it for health reasons have problems ordering a vegetarian or vegan dish because they are afraid of being laughed at. This apparently shows that, although many men would like to eat less meat, they do not yet have social "permission" to do so.

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Fast Company

By 2030 food waste will cost 1.2 billion dollars

A study by the Boston Consulting Group provides fresh data on food waste: at least 870 million people are undernourished worldwide, while a third of food is thrown away or wasted. This means 1.6 billion tons of still edible food, forecast to increase to 2.1 billion by 2030, with a cost of 1.2 billion dollars, apart from the wastage of resources and the increasing contribution to global warming.

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World Economic Forum

The island of Phuket wants to solve the plastic problem

To reduce the amount of plastic waste on the Thai island and famous tourist destination, a group of hoteliers have decided to gradually phase out plastic bottles to dissuade tourists from dumping them in the environment. Employees will also be trained in the correct management and disposal of packaging, to start a process of cultural change throughout the island.

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IFAD

Six million going hungry in the Sahel

Since millions of people are suffering from increased food insecurity in the Sahel, the heads of the UN agencies, visiting Nigeria, appeal for the doubling of efforts to reduce hunger and poverty. It is estimated that almost six million people are at risk of food insecurity, according to WHO Director José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo and WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

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IISD

India is meeting its reforestation plan commitments

India has presented its first Report on national progress on forest restoration. The country is on target to meet its goal of the reforestation of 13 million hectares by 2020 and another 8 million by 2030.

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G20.org

G20 for healthy, sustainable food

The G20 agriculture ministers undertake to work together for a future of healthy, sustainable food. At their meeting in Buenos Aires, they discussed the priorities to be submitted to the Summit of G20 Presidents in November and December. The declaration underlines member states' commitment to eliminating hunger and creating an inclusive, sustainable food system.

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