Science times

Gardens and vegetable patches essential for pollinators

In a study published in the Journal of Ecology, the researchers say that gardens and vegetable patches are the most important source of food for pollinators. For the first time, a study has measured the amount of nectar produced in urban areas and found out that they account for 85% of the food sources for insects. 

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Alla Africa

A growing number of Kenyans are suffering from hunger

The percentage of families struggling to get hold of enough food is at an all-time high amid the COVID-19 crisis. According to a new survey, more than half of families say they struggle to get enough food every day. The percentage of households facing at least one day without sufficient food rose to 60 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, doubling from the previous quarter. 

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The Guardian

United Kingdom, salmonella outbreak linked to chicken

At least one person has died and more than 200 children have been poisoned in an ongoing salmonella outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to breaded chicken products from Poland. The first cases of the outbreak date back to last year, but cases continue to be reported. So far, 480 cases of salmonella food poisoning have been recorded, 44% of them in children aged 16 or under. 

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This is Money

China intensifies focus on food security

China will put greater pressure on its regions to increase grain yields and step up support for its domestic seed industry. The annual rural policy blueprint, known as the “No. 1 document”, has placed greater emphasis on food security than in prior years, calling for all provinces to improve grain yields during the 2021-2025 period. Beijing has strengthened its focus since the pandemic hit major food exporting nations. 

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Straits Times

UN to meet to discuss peace and climate change

The UN Security Council will hold a summit of world leaders to discuss the implications of climate change for world peace, an issue on which its 15 members have divergent opinions. Called by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and conducted by video-conference, the session comes just days after the United States under President Joe Biden formally rejoined the Paris climate change accord. 

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Somalia. 2.6 million people projected to suffer acute hunger

FAO and FSNAU (Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit) estimate that at least 2.6 million people in the African country will suffer extreme food insecurity. The report cites poor rainfall, flooding and desert locust swarms as the main contributing factors. The situation could worsen through to mid-2021 in the absence of large-scale and sustained humanitarian assistance. 

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