PRESS REVIEW - March 19/25, 2018


UN, protecting farmers from the impacts of climate change is a priority

The impacts of climate change will become the new normal. This was the statement made by FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, on the occasion of the presentation of the new report entitled “The impacts of disaster and crisis on agriculture and food security 2017”, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The report brings to the light specifically how the economies of developing countries have suffered the most damage, directly caused or exacerbated by climate change. Such damage has cost the farming sector USD 96 billion in the period from 2005 until 2015 alone. 



Mali. Drought leads to competition between herders for natural resources

A study conducted by CGIAR (Consultative group for international agricultural research) of transhumant herders in Mali shows how in both study sites (Sudano-Guinean and Sudano-Sahelian zones), 75% of respondents perceived a decline in availability of forage resources and water as a result of the increased number of transhumant herders in their communities. This perception is connected to water shortages and the search for new forage areas, especially during the dry season. The study suggests how it is necessary to involve all players in managing the presence of transhumant herders, in order to promote the sustainable use of natural resources in southern Mali. 



Microplastics found in bottled water, the WHO also demands a review of the potential risks

The study commissioned by journalism project Orb Media based at the State University of New York found that more than 90% of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands contained tiny pieces of plastic. According to the new study, the most common type of plastic fragment found was polypropylene – the same type of plastic used to make bottle caps. The bottles analyzed were bought in the US, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Lebanon, Kenya and Thailand. 



Nature and natural processes for the protection of water resources

On the occasion of World Water Day 2018, the United Nations have published a report entitled “Nature-based solutions for water”, during the 8th world water forum. The report addresses the priorities and the current issues tied to the intensification of the water cycle and it demonstrates how nature‐based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means of addressing many of the world’s water challenges while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development. 



Too good to go, an app against food loss and waste from London

The recently established startup firm, which was set up in the United Kingdom in 2016, enables users across the country to buy cut-price meals at the end of trading time. Sandwiches, cakes, fruit which would simply end up in the waste bin if unsold. Instead, thanks to the existing 300,000 users, meals can be purchased at less than half the price of a peak-time portion, still fresh and edible. The goal of the enterprise is to reduce food waste by 1 million tons a year in Great Britain alone, thereby saving at least Euro 1.7 billion.