PRESS REVIEW - JANUARY 2/8, 2021

AllAfrica

African farmers will also receive financial help

Over 100,000 smallholder farmers are set to receive grants for the production of grain and vegetables worth US$ 493,500 to help them with sustainable food production. The funding campaign has been launched by Bayer through the “Better Farms, Better Lives” initiative. The multinational will manage the program for the next 12 months and cover 25 districts in continental Tanzania. 

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Forbes

Illinois to host the world’s biggest insect farm for the production of protein

Decatur, in central Illinois, will be the site of the biggest insect protein production plant in the world. The Chicago-based food processing company Archer Daniels Midland and InnovaFeed, a French company that makes insect protein for animal feed, have in fact signed an agreement for a partnership that could play a key role in the global farming sector. 

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International Business Times

Wildfires surged in Brazil in 2020

The number of wildfires in Brazil increased by 12.7 percent last year to a decade-high according to official data from the Brazilian space agency INPE. There were a total of 222,798 wildfires recorded across Brazil in 2020, the highest number recorded since 2010. 103,000 of these were recorded in the Brazilian Amazon, where they increased by almost 16 percent. 

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SFGate

Boosting production in slaughterhouses increases the risk of COVID-19

After the Trump administration allowed increased production on some poultry farms, there was a 10 percent increase in coronavirus infection. This would be due to the inability of workers to keep safe distances. Since 2018, around 54 poultry plants have been granted exemptions to increase the speed of production lines. 

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SFGate

New funding for American farmers

Thirty-eight Maine farms have been awarded grants through the Maine Farm Emergency Grants program. This is the second round of funding issued by the Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association since the pandemic hurt farms across the state. 

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Gates Foundation

Gates Foundation funds veterinary research

The Edinburgh-based charity the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (Galvmed) is set to receive funding of over 51.5 million dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The funding is intended to increase access to vaccines for livestock, medicines and diagnostics for people in developing countries. 

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