PRESS REVIEW - JUNE 15/21 2019

Reuters

India to bring drinking water to all rural areas by 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all rural areas in India will have access to drinking water within 6 years, however, he also stressed the fact that it is a difficult goal to achieve. As of today, approximately 200,000 Indians die each year from inadequate access to drinking water, whereas 600 million people face “extreme” water stress, as reported by the National Institute for the Transformation of India (NITI) Aayog, chaired by Modi himself. 

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Reuters

In Kenya, blackwater is used to produce animal feed

Blackwater processing makes it possible, on the one hand, to improve the hygienic and sanitary conditions of the slums of Nairobi and, on the other hand, to produce highly nutritious feed for animals. The system uses soldier fly larvae, which quickly transform blackwater and organic waste into fertilizers and then into feed, thus providing a balanced diet for poultry, pigs and fish. 

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The Guardian

Global warming will cause more floods and droughts in Africa

The new study – carried out by scientists at the Met Office in cooperation with researchers at the Institute of Climate and Atmospheric Science at Leeds University – reports that, over the next 80 years, Africa will face a long series of extreme and devastating events, such as floods, storms and long periods of drought. This would put the continent’s entire food supply at risk. 

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SFGATE

Too much rain in the U.S. puts many crops at risk

Corn, soy, but also pumpkins, zucchini and salads are at high risk due to heavy rainfall in the Midwest last April and May. In Iowa and Illinois, crops are being sown more than three weeks late, and farmers are working day and night to be able to sow and thus guarantee the seasonal harvest. This has been one of the wettest seasons in U.S. history. 

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Reuters

Ghana and the Ivory Coast make a move to reduce child labour

The two West African countries, which together supply approximately 65 percent of the world’s cocoa, have made a move to set a minimum price of $2,600 per tonne in an effort to improve the livelihoods of small farmers who produce for major chocolate producers. An estimated 1.6 million children work in cocoa production in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. 

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Think Progress

Climate change increases the risk of armed conflict

Recently published research shows that the fact that global temperatures have risen by more than 2 °C is likely to result in an increase in armed conflicts. Within the next decade, global warming will therefore undermine global peace and stability more than it is doing today. Researchers concluded that, over the last century, climate change has already played a role in between 3 and 20 percent of armed conflicts. 

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