FAO launches a forest monitoring portal

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) has launched a portal to track international capacity development support for developing countries in forest monitoring. The portal is a unique reference with easy-to-access information on more than 400 forest monitoring activities in 70 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Users can search for information by country or region, type of forest monitoring activity and donors.  

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The Herald / AllAfrica

Farmers in Zimbabwe will have to collect rainwater

This is the request the authorities are making to farmers to cope with the increasingly frequent episodes of drought that are affecting the country. According to experts, precipitation patterns are changing, with much more irregular rains and seasons that produce low yields. For this reason, they were urged to collect rainwater, for example by using dams built on their farms, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. 

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Popular Science

Computer models could help farmers make better use of pesticides

According to a study published in Science, the tools we are currently using to evaluate pesticide safety are inadequate. The authors say that the current environmental risk assessment used by the European Union and the United States does not provide a complete picture of how pesticides are actually applied in the fields. Therefore they argue that using mathematical models could offer a more holistic approach, providing more detailed information to both farmers and lawmakers. 

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Food Navigator

EU suspends poultry imports from Ukraine

The decision stems from the recent case of bird flu recorded in the country. The measure includes meat and other products thermally processed in Ukraine. It happened after the Ukrainian food safety authority informed trading partners that it had recorded a case of bird flu.  

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Reducing meat consumption to cut emissions

A recent report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in the UK says that Britons should reduce the amount of beef, lamb and dairy products they eat by one fifth. It also suggests that taxes on meat and dairy products may be introduced if people do not give them up voluntarily. According to the authors, reducing the amount of meat and food waste by 20% would save the equivalent of seven million tonnes of carbon dioxide. 

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Science Times

Low physical activity in infants can lead to obesity

A study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published in the journal Obesity shows that less physical activity in babies under one year old leads to more fat accumulation, which may turn into obesity during the growth years. 

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