PRESS REVIEW - JANUARY 26/february 01, 2019

Reuters

Sustainable agriculture for Peruvian coffee farmers

2,400 Peruvian farmers will benefit from the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund, a USD 12 million fund set up by the United Nations to protect plantations from climate change. The project seeks to prevent land degradation and deforestation through the development of resilient and sustainable agriculture.

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FAO

FAO calls for policies and investments for sustainable water use in the Middle East and North Africa

It is essential to scale up policies and investments in the Middle East and North Africa to make water use in agriculture more sustainable and efficient and to ensure that all the people in the region have access to healthy diets.




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Euractiv

Arctic nations bet on the blue economy to reconcile climate change and development goals

From global warming to over- and illegal fishing, the ocean on which Arctic communities are so heavily dependent is under threat as never before.

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World Food Program

Conflict-driven hunger worsens

The growing number of protracted conflicts in the world is creating unprecedented levels of hunger. A new report to the UN Security Council warns of hunger in conflict zones.

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Euractiv

Finland: We need "climate-smart" agriculture

A lower carbon balance can be achieved by capturing CO2 through plant growth, a notion that has a major influence on how Finland manages its forests and croplands.  

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World Economic Forum

Our food system is no longer fit for the 21st century

Three proposals have been put forward at the World Economic Forum in Davos in order to improve the system: use food from regenerative and, if possible, local sources; make the most of our food; and design and market healthier food products.


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FAO

The Africa Center for Climate and Sustainable Development opened in Rome

Initiated by Italy with FAO and UNDP support, the center has a special focus on smart agriculture, access to water, rural women and youth. Its goal is to facilitate much-needed exchange of information and coordination to boost efficiency and build synergies across Africa, develop and scale up innovative solutions for sustainable development and implement the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Climate Agreement.

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Asia One

Eating fish and fresh vegetables during pregnancy reduces the risk of hypertension

New European research has found that eating a diet rich in vegetables and fish during pregnancy could help lower the risk of developing high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia. The findings, published in the International Journal of Obstetrics have shown that a diet rich on vegetables and fish appears to reduce the risk of developing gestational hypertension by 14 per cent and pre-eclampsia by 21 percent.


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The Guardian

The sustainable rice faming method that works but was dismissed by scientists

A technique developed by a Jesuit priest is producing better harvests and reducing emissions of a grain responsible for 1.5 percent of greenhouse gases. In the early 2000s, scientists criticized the method, but today the SRI farming system has been validated in hundreds of scientific papers and adopted by 20 million farmers in 61 countries.

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The Washington Post

Fresh fruit shortages and higher prices as a consequence of no-deal Brexit

KFC, McDonald's and Pret à Manger, as well as a number of major British supermarkets, sent a letter to lawmakers warning of the risk of food supply shortfalls if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal. That is because almost a third of the food consumed in Great Britain comes from elsewhere in the E.U. In March, said the letter, when produce is out of season in Britain, “90 percent of our lettuces, 80 percent of our tomatoes and 70 percent of our red fruit is sourced from the EU.”.

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The Straits Times

Singapore produces energy from food waste

Thanks to a two-year project set up by the National Environment Agency in partnership with the national water agency PUB, Singapore's water sludge and food waste will be used to produce biogas. The project is part of the island's recent policy, in the year that sees the launch of the Republic's “Towards Zero Waste” initiative. 

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Foodnavigator.com

A report by the European Court of Auditors calls for greater consistency

"The European Union's legal corpus governing chemicals in relation to food safety is extensive and fragmented," the ECA claims. Food safety is one of the European Union's top priorities as it affects all consumers and influences trade policy decisions and, as must therefore be put in order. 

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