PRESS REVIEW - OCTOBER 16/22, 2020

Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles planting fruit trees

In order to contribute to the country's food security, Seychelles this week launched a large-scale agroforestry project, planting a variety of fruit trees on several hectares of state land at Montagne Posee. 

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The Telegraph

Malnutrition complicates the virus

On World Food Day, experts underlined how the risk of hunger and malnutrition due to COVID-19 is greater than the virus itself. Malnutrition contributes to nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of five. FAO says the number of people risking hunger could double and reach 260 million. 

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Food Navigator

Lockdown risks increasing food waste

With the introduction of new restrictions in the UK, the hospitality and restaurant sector will face an increase in food waste, experts say. This is because the entire supply chain has scheduled orders for the next few weeks which, in the event of closure, would lead to a large amount of uneaten food ending up in landfills. Experts are therefore calling for food to be frozen in order to increase its shelf life. 

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All Africa

Food waste reaches 662 million dollars in Kenya

Says FAO in a report produced with USAID. The research shows that agriculture, which contributes 26 percent of the country’s economy, loses 30 percent of the food produced after harvest. Around 20 percent of this food is wasted during production, while 60 percent (of what remains

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Asia One

China speeds up law to combat food waste

China’s legislators are speeding the drafting of a national law to discourage food waste, in keeping with President Xi Jinping’s intention to clamp down on the problem and ensure a stable food supply. Chinese consumers wasted 17 to 18 million tons of food in four big cities in 2015, enough to feed 30 to 50 million people for a year.  

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Business Today

India has gained a decade of life in 30 years

A study in The Lancet reveals that life expectancy in India increased from 59.6 years in 1990 to 70.8 years in 2019, ranging from 77.3 years in Kerala to 66.9 years in Uttar Pradesh. According to the scientists, the current global crisis and the inability of public health systems to stem the increase in highly preventable risk factors such as hypertension, tobacco use and air pollution, however, have left the population vulnerable to acute health emergencies such as COVID-19. 

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