PRESS REVIEW - FEBRUARY 13/19 , 2021

FAO

Pulses are key to food security

Says FAO during World Pulses Day. In fact, the edible seeds of legumes play a crucial role in achieving better production and nutrition, protecting the environment and therefore contributing to the transformation of agri-food systems, making them more inclusive, resilient and sustainable. 

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Science Times

Science Times 500 scientists sign a letter against the use of biomass

A group of scientists led by botanist Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, has sent a letter to European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, US President Joe Biden, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga demanding a review of policies on the use of biomass for energy production. The scientists reject the idea that burning biomass is carbon  neutral. 

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All Africa

Nigeria aims for 30% renewables by 2030

New solar hybrid power plant commissioned in one of the Nigerian federal government’s universities. Executed under the Energizing Education Programme (EEP), the project aims to supply 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals with renewable energy solutions that will ensure sustainable power generation. The country’s aim is to achieve 30 percent within the next ten years. 

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The Guardian

Walmart accused of selling beef linked to deforestation

Giants Walmart, Costco and Kroger are believed to be selling Brazilian meat products imported from JBS, the world’s biggest meat production company, which is responsible for deforestation activities in the Amazon. Brazilian beef has been identified as a key factor in the deforestation in Brazil, where large areas of forest are cleared to make way for pasture used for cattle farming. 

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All Africa

Zimbabwe predicts a record harvest

The government is expecting an increase in agricultural production after the surface area dedicated to crops was increased by over 18 percent, with maize, tobacco and cotton yields rising. The increase in hectarage is expected to see maize production surpass one million tonnes from last season's harvest of around 900,000 tonnes. These are the results of the Command Agriculture program, which has allowed the African country to reduce its dependence on imports. 

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The Guardian

Detailed investigations on the origins of the coronavirus

The WHO, which has not ruled out any theory on the origins of the pandemic, despite rejecting the idea that it escaped from a laboratory, has confirmed that, while scientists have made progress in understanding the circumstances around the outbreak in Wuhan, work needs to be done on all the potential routes the virus may have taken to spread into the human population. 

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