PRESS REVIEW - JULY 6/12 2019

FAO

The Green Climate Fund promotes a major resilience project in the Indus basin

The project, funded by the FAO, aims to transform the Indus River basin in Pakistan in order to improve agriculture and the management of water resources in this area. The Green Climate Fund has granted the United Nations funding worth $35 million, whereas the governments of Punjab and Sindh have also pledged to fund the project to the tune of $12.7 million.  

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Reuters

Water crisis in India increases inequality between rich and poor

New Delhi is experiencing one of the worst water crises in the last 25 years. This crisis is mainly affecting the poorest part of the population. In New Delhi’s suburbs and shanty towns, water often costs about $10 for a week’s supply. In the wealthiest neighborhoods, $10 are sufficient for a month’s supply. It also happens more and more often that wells or supplies are taken over by criminal gangs, thus aggravating the water crisis. 

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Sky News

No-deal risks bringing entire sectors of the UK to their knees

Minette Batters, President of the British National Farmers’ Union (NFU), warned that leaving the European Union without an agreement would result in higher taxes for agri-food products sold in Europe. It is estimated that the entire sheep sector could face a crisis, putting dozens of farms out of business, despite being at the forefront in terms of meat quality and environmental farm management.  

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The Telegraph

Ethical cocoa production and forests can coexist

This is demonstrated by the cooperation between the brand Divine, a Fair Trade cocoa producer, and the NGO Twin, which actively collaborates with small producers in Sierra Leone. In addition to organic cocoa farming, farmers also take care of the adjacent forest and surrounding environment. In this way, they are able to obtain certifications and earn more from selling cocoa.  

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SFGATE

Planting trees to stop climate change

Up to 1,000 billion: this is the symbolic number assessed by researchers at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich, who believe planting trees is the best way to fight climate change. Published in Science, their work shows how the reforestation of an area as large as the U.S. could absorb approximately 830 billion tons of CO2. It is the same amount emitted by human activities in the last 25 years.   

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Al Jazeera

Swine fever outbreak in China

The disease is spreading across the country and is expected to cause a 5 percent drop in domestic production. In fact, there is no cure or vaccine for this disease, which is often fatal. This is what the OECD reports, which also explains how imports are expected to grow in the next few years to almost 2 million tons a year. 

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European Commission

The administrative costs of the CAP stand at 2%

A study conducted by the European Commission to address the rumors that the administrative costs of implementing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are too high shows that, in 2018, the financial burden for farmers did not increase compared to the previous year, representing 2% of the total aid received, with an increase of one third compared to the year it was introduced, that is, in 2013.  

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