Food commodity prices rise further and further

According to the FAO Food Price Index – which reports trends in the cost of food commodities, global prices were up 1.2 percent on August and by 32.8 percent year-on-year. Cereals are among the products worst affected by the increases, with an annual increase of 41 percent. The rises have been caused by lower production and higher demand. Conversely, meat prices are stable compared to previous months and have increased by “only” 26.3 percent in one year. 

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SF Gate

Alaskan salmon in sharp decline

For the first time, both king and chum salmon have almost disappeared, so much so that the authorities have banned the fishing of these species in the Yukon. This sharp reduction is resulting in risk for the native populations, who rely on salmon as a source of food in winter. Remote communities living along the river are in crisis, and are doubling down on moose and caribou hunting. 

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Al Jazeera

Jordan's largest nature reserve threatened by a copper mine

The Jordanian government has expressed its wish to start mining the approximately 45 million tons of copper within the boundaries of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, consisting of 300 km2 of sandstone cliffs and desert plains. The precise area to be excavated – between 60 and 106 km2 – remains under negotiation, although the plans have been vehemently criticized by environmentalists and activists. 

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The Independent

UK backtracks on visas due to truck driver shortages

Given the ongoing food and fuel supply crisis, the UK is having to compete with EU countries to attract more drivers. The government has therefore announced a U-turn on emergency visas, yielding to pressure from leaders of the food and fuel industry by extending its temporary visa schemes beyond Christmas Eve. 

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The Guardian

Australian bushfires pushed 11 bee species closer to extinction

Eleven species of bees have been added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, based on a report by Australian scientists who had analyzed the effect of the fires on 553 native bee species – one-third of all such species discovered in the country to date. Prior to the fires, only three Australian bee species were listed as threatened.  

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All Africa

In Eritrea, young graduates set to work to boost production

Eritrea has been investing in its human resource development in agriculture to utilize its local farms and achieve its goal of ensuring food security A good harvest was obtained in 2020 from 2000 hectares of sorghum, 140 hectares of millet, and 20 hectares of sesame. This was expanded in 2021 and the plan is to increase production every year through the cultivation of select seeds. 

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