The Independent

The invention of an eleven-year-old could help reduce food waste

Rumaan Malik, student at the Grasby All Saints Primary School in Lincolnshire, has invented a system to help reduce food waste and won Ocado’s Food Waste Challenge, which has seen the online grocer partner up with design website, Little Inventors. The eleven-year-old girl created a fruit bowl, the Alarm Cup, that warns users when food is about to go off, encouraging them to eat it and avoid throwing it in the bin.

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The New Times – All Africa

Rwanda’s coffee exports set to surge

Coffee production in Rwanda is increasing in quantity and quality, says the African country’s National Agricultural Export Development Board. In 2018, coffee exports are expected to reach 24,500 tons, up from 23,000 in 2017. This is due to the implementation of a number of measures, including the replacement of old less productive plants with new ones, integrated pest management and farmers organizing their work in cooperatives.

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The Guardian

Chicken mega-farms are UK’s solution

Britain’s poultry sector is the largest in Europe, contributing more than £3bn to the economy annually and directly employing more than 37,000 people. The number of farms in the country has gone up 26% in the last six years. To meet UK consumers’ demand and avoid importing low quality meat from abroad, production needs to rise further. According to Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, mega-farms are the best solution. However, environmental organizations and animal welfare groups do not agree.

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Radio Dabanga – All Africa

Food insecurity surges in Sudan

Between May and July, the number of Sudanese people in need of food will reach six million. The most affected areas are North Darfur, some parts of South Darfur and South Kordofan. Recently, the United States have donated huge quantities of Indian millet, to be distributed to the displaced population and the refugees in the country. At the beginning of June, approximately 180 refugees officially returned from neighboring Chad, to their places of origin in Darfur.

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Medical Daily

Only a quarter of Americans get enough exercise

Only one American in four gets enough exercise, says a research published on 28 June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The target set in 2008 (by the Department of Health and Human Services) aimed to have at least 20.1 percent of active adults by 2020. The new findings revealed that 22.9 percent of Americans exercise regularly, however, gender difference remain substantial: 27.7% of men and only 18.7% of women.

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United Nations

Food safety critical to development and ending poverty

“One of the greatest challenges the world faces is how to ensure that a growing global population has enough safe food,” said Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, during the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s annual session. The Commission meets every year for one week to adopt the standards, guidelines, codes of practice and other recommendations that make up the main rules aimed at protecting consumer health and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.

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Climate home news

2 degrees? Far too much

A 2C increase in temperature would be substantially more harmful than a 1.5C increase. A draft UN report, leaked before the scheduled publishing date, warns of the possible consequences of temperatures reaching the limits set by the Paris Agreement. The report was published with the corrections and notes of the authors .

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World Economic Forum

Improving female sexual health and rights leads to a better society

The Sustainable Development Goals acknowledge that female sexual health and rights are essential to people’s health and survival, for gender equality and humanity's welfare. But in many African countries there is still a long way to go.

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Climate change brings particular challenges to small countries

Small countries face particular challenges as a consequence of climate change. For this reason, in 2013, the World Health Organization launched the Small Countries Initiative to bring together Member States of the WHO European Region with a population of less than 1 million (Andorra, Cyprus, Island, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino).

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Forests under control

Norway and FAO will invest to improve an innovative tool to monitor forests. Access to satellite data and cutting-edge geospatial technology will be broadened thanks to deeper collaboration between Norway and FAO. The International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) agreed to scale up an innovative FAO digital platform that helps countries measure, monitor and report on their forests and land use.

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