PRESS REVIEW - MARCH 20/26, 2021

All Africa

86% of Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water

UNICEF reveals this in a statement issued on World Water Day, noting that, despite 70% of Nigerians having access to basic water services, over half of these water sources are contaminated. According to the NGO’s representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawks, Nigerians only have access to an average of nine liters of water a day each. 

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Straits Times

By 2050, half the population will have water supply problems

According to the United Nations, around four billion people experience severe water shortages for at least one month a year and around 1.6 billion people - almost a quarter of the world’s population - have problems accessing a clean and safe water supply. The international agency also says that water scarcity is increasing and more than half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed regions by 2050. 

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Food Navigator

Nutrition as a factor in the potential efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines

In a pre-print review, researchers state that a healthy plant-based diet with a high antioxidant and fiber content can strengthen the immune system’s response to the coronavirus vaccine.  

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New York Times

Workers at US meat plants vaccinated

According to the New York Times, employees of food processing facilities, which experienced some of the biggest known coronavirus outbreaks in the country at the start of the pandemic, are now eligible for vaccines in at least 26 states. The expansion of the vaccination campaign to food processing workers comes after an expansion of eligibility, especially for essential workers at greatest risk of contracting the virus. 

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Green Climate Fund approves $80 million of funding for Congo and Jordan

The projects, one focusing on agroforestry in sub-Saharan Africa and the other on water management in the Near East, have received $80 million to  improve the living conditions of over 250,000 small farmers. Both projects contribute to FAO's goal of scaling up and broadening support for climate-related investments in agriculture that offer socio-economic and environmental benefits and help smallholders in vulnerable countries progress on low-emission and resilient development. 

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We Forum

Feeding cows seaweed could help reduce methane emissions

The use of red seaweed (Asparagopsis) as a feed supplement could reduce methane emissions and feed costs without affecting meat quality. That is according to a recent study which shows how this solution can transform cattle production into a more economically and environmentally friendly industry. 

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