PRESS REVIEW - JUNE 1/7 2019

FAO

Small farmers contribute to food security

This assertion is backed by the FAO and the president of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa. Small farmers and family-run farms make an essential contribution to safeguarding agricultural biodiversity and traditional knowledge. The fact is, small producers produce 80 percent of the world’s food, and constitute important drivers of sustainable development. 

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Thomson Reuters Foundation /AllAfrica

In Uganda too, school pupils unite to strike against climate change

Following the movement inspired by Greta Thunberg, in Africa - specifically in Uganda - young school-children have gathered in solidarity with the global strikes in favour of the environment. "Keep Mama Africa green" and "Our world is burning" were examples of the many messages written by the young protesters and carried through Kampala. 

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PRI

Trump's trade wars could hit the soybean market

China could stop buying American soy as a retaliation to the commercial duties imposed by the Trump administration. At the moment, the Asian giant is the world's largest soybean importer. This would severely damage American farmers, currently the second largest exporters in the world, after Brazil. 

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The Independent

The Philippines to send illegal waste back to Canada

The Asian country is going to return 69 containers containing illegal waste from Canada back to their original sender. This move has been decided by President Rodrigo Duterte, as part of a plan to stop importing waste from other countries which has not been adequately controlled. In this case, in addition to plastics, numerous household, electrical and electronic waste items were included. Some of these would have ended up in landfills in The Philippines. 

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Asia One

Singapore's agricultural revolution

The small Asian island is setting a global benchmark in terms of high-tech agriculture. Singapore today produces about 10 percent of its food, but due to climate change and population growth, the country plans to increase domestic production to 30 percent by 2030, under a plan known as "30-by-30 ". Intelligent agriculture, laboratory-grown shrimps and vertical gardens are just some of the solutions that will be adopted.   

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