PRESS REVIEW - MAY 1/7, 2020

Straits Times

Indonesia is will face a drier than usual dry season

Many of the region's key crops could be put at risk, causing the price of coffee, palm oil and coconut oil to rise. According to President Joko Widodo, Indonesia needs to prepare now by conserving water, prolonging the season and managing staple food supplies. 

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Arabian Business

Demand for organic products in the United Arab Emirates has increased by 400%

Organic food producers in the United Arab Emirates have experienced increases of between 300 and 400 percent in sales, due in particular to the coronavirus pandemic and growing interest among citizens in certain kinds of diet. The various companies have seen a surge in home deliveries while wholesale sales to restaurants and hotels have plummeted since the beginning of lockdown restrictions. 

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The Independent

Meat purchases rationed in the United States

Some of the largest food chains in the United States are rationing meat purchases. Kroger, Giant Eagle and Costco have in fact decided to reduce purchases following the latest cases of Covid-19 which are affecting many of the production facilities. The situation is defined as worrying, so much so that President Donald Trump has had to intervene to keep companies open despite the health crisis. 

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Al Jazeera

40% of Nigerians are living below the poverty line

That is according to the report issued by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on poverty and inequality between September 2018 and October 2019. The report states that almost half of the people in the most populous country on the African continent (82.9 million people) live on less than a dollar a day. The United Nations estimates that Nigeria’s population will grow to 400 million by 2050. 

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Food Navigator

Well-designed packaging is the solution to reducing food waste

A new study by researchers at the Service Research Center at Karlstad University in Sweden apparently shows that consumers can reduce food waste by using well-designed packaging (albeit of plastic materials) and smaller packages rather than preferring plastic free materials. Packaging therefore remains one of the main tools for transporting and storing food. 

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The health crisis could cause a food crisis

The new brief produced by FAO indicates that in the absence of prompt and effective policies, millions of people are likely to suffer from hunger following the recession triggered by Covid-19. This number will vary according to the severity of the economic contractions, ranging from 14.4 million to 38.2 million people, or even 80.3 million, in the event of a truly devastating contraction of 10 percentage points in all 101 countries that import food. 

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