PRESS REVIEW - JUNE 12/19, 2020

New Zimbabwe / AllAfrica

In Zimbabwe, economic recovery depends on agriculture

So says Deputy Minister of Agriculture Vangelis Haritatos, adding that irrigation programs need to be revitalized due to the recurring drought and irregular rainfall tormenting the country. The plan is to exploit abundant water reserves which could potentially irrigate over 2 million hectares of land.

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This is Money

Professor wins the World Food Prize

Rattan Lal, science professor at Ohio State University and founder of its Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, was presented with this prestigious award for research that has led to better food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be retained in the soil, helping to determine how the impact of climate change can be reduced.

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Fighting poverty reduces deforestation

This is revealed by the results of a poverty reduction program implemented in Indonesia that began in 2007. Researchers found that cash payments to people in poor areas led to a 30 percent drop in the loss of trees, even though payments were made without conservation obligations.

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Asia One

Number of children affected by Covid-19 grows in Indonesia

Hundreds of children appear to have died during the coronavirus epidemic due to the effects of the epidemic on the country's economy. According to Indonesian doctors, the high number of deaths is linked to the worsening of malnutrition, anemia and the overloading of inadequate health care facilities struggling with Covid-19 patients and therefore unable to effectively treat young patients.

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The Guardian

First shipment of carbon neutral coffee arrives in the UK

After three months of sailing, the French schooner De Gallant landed in the port of Falmouth in late May, three months after leaving the port of Santa Marta in Colombia, loaded with tons of coffee beans from sustainable sources. By using a traditional vessel, the shipment emitted just 2 tons of CO2, compared to the 178 tons it would have produced if transported by air.

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Smart agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve crops

In a recently published article on PlosONE, the potential impact of climate smart agriculture (CSA) on the production of food crops was quantified for the first time. The study demonstrates how CSA techniques can increase agricultural production and reduce food insecurity caused by climate change, while contributing to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

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