A plant-based diet can creare jobs in the Caribbean

A joint study by the International Labor Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank has revealed that decarbonization, or a transition to a zero net CO2 emissions economy, would create 22.5 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by 2030, including 19 million employed in plant-based food production. 

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Straits Times

Protein-rich food from locusts

Israeli company Hargol Foodtech is carrying out research to use locusts as a food rich in proteins and other essential elements for the diet. The may be considered a plague, but the company wants to be the first in the world to farm them on a commercial scale and provide the world with a healthier, more sustainable source of protein. 

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South China Morning Post

China increases agricultural imports

China increased imports of cereals, including wheat, barley, corn, rice, sorghum and soybeans, by 80.6 percent in June. According to analysts, this decision was dictated by potential interruptions in supply caused by the deterioration of relations with the United States and by the need to fill gaps in domestic production. 

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Daily Trust / AllAfrica

New forestry policy approved in Nigeria

Environment Minister Mohammed Abubakar recently unveiled the new national forest policy, which is expected to help the country manage and support vast forest resources. According to the minister, the new measures should help preserve Nigeria’s rich ecosystems, as well as strengthen current efforts to face the various challenges of climate change in the country. 

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The Guardian

Without seasonal workers, Australia could experience food shortages

This coming summer, Australia may not have enough seasonal workers for its crops. That could cause food shortages and higher fruit and vegetable prices in various federal states. Due to the closure of borders linked to the pandemic, thousands of workers from neighboring countries are missing, as are students and travelers who use visas for seasonal work. 

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Al Jazeera

Millions of Afghans risk poverty due to coronavirus

A new report from the office of the inspector general for reconstruction of Afghanistan (SIGAR) says that the virus is sweeping across the country's health care system, with a third of the population in crisis. The pandemic is pushing millions of other Afghans into poverty, causing a rise in unemployment, disruption in food supplies due to border closures and rising food prices. 

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