PRESS REVIEW - JANUARY 16/22 , 2021

All Africa

Agriculture will be the most resilient sector in Uganda

The World Bank, in its Global Economic Prospect 2021, has said Uganda's agricultural sector will be among the most resilient sector in 2021. According to the World Bank, among the five sub Saharan countries, Uganda will experience the least contraction in agriculture, which will support the economy by ensuring food security, boosting household incomes and commodity exports. Coffee exports, for example, grew to their highest level in July 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Guardian

Campaign against shark meat eating in Australia

Australian consumers will be encouraged not to purchase shark meat and to instead try sustainable alternatives in a new campaign that aims to put a spotlight on laws that allow the fishing of endangered sharks. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is asking consumers to reduce consumption of species such as the hammerhead shark and school shark that are commonly sold by fishmongers.

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SFGate

A severe famine has hit the Tigray region of Ethiopia

This is according to reports from the first humanitarian workers to reach the region after over two months of fighting. More than 4.5 million people, nearly the region's entire population, are believed to need emergency food. Food shops were looted or depleted weeks ago.

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Food Navigator

EFSA gives green light to human consumption of mealworms

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its first scientific opinion on the consumption of insects by humans: mealworms, the larvae of a beetle belonging to the genus Tenebrio, are considered safe. The EFSA considered several factors, from protein content to possible allergens.

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IFAD

Digital agriculture: key to helping small-scale producers

This according to IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) which entered into a partnership in August with Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD). This initiative aims to reach around 1.7 million small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan with personalized agricultural advice using mobile phones, for example, to help them improve incomes, food security and resilience.


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Euractiv

Paper-based single-use packaging has less of an impact than recycled packaging

The finding is revealed in a life cycle study conducted by technical consultancy company Ramboll for the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA), which demonstrates the environmental advantages of single-use products compared to re-use systems, particularly in saving carbon emissions and freshwater consumption. According to the baseline scenario, the polypropylene-based multi-use system is responsible for generating over 2.5 times more CO2 emissions and using 3.6 times more freshwater than the paper-based single-use system. This is because multi-use tableware requires significant amounts of energy and water to be washed, sanitized and dried.

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