The Monitor

In Uganda, digitizing agriculture offers better returns

Today, thanks to the initiative of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in partnership with Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, farmers in Uganda can rely on a digitalized payment system. Before the start of this project, farmers had to travel miles and miles, in unsafe conditions, to receive payments. Now, farmers whose payment systems have been digitalized have improved productivity, for example, with a 30% increase in coffee sales

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Famine, conflicts, forced migration and climate change are blocking progress in poverty alleviation: the topic was discussed on the day dedicated to the fight against economic inequalities.

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Morning Star

Trump's administration against food waste

Even president Trump, notoriously scarcely prone to environmental sustainability policies, has decided to launch the initiative "Winning on Reducing Food Waste". The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the signing of a joint agency formal agreement.

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World Economic Forum

More Afghans have been displaced by drought than by conflict

In West Afghanistan 275,000 people have been displaced by drought – 52,000 more than those uprooted by conflict this year – with more than 2 million threatened by the consequences of water shortages.

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European Commission

Rising danger of deadly river floods with global warming

Even with the most optimistic climate outlook, global human and economic losses caused by river floods are set to rise in Europe over the coming years.

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Circular economy is the only way to slash waste and emissions

In the 20th century, the world mined more raw materials than ever before. And resource consumption is set to increase and almost double by 2060, especially in developing economies. The rapid consumption of raw materials must be curbed to cut waste and carbon emissions, the United Nations and global think-tanks have urged.

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This Day – All Africa

Nigeria among the countries worst effected by climate change

The Canadian coalition for global health research (CCGHR) warned that danger is looming as a result of the devastating effects of climate change on the African country in recent months. Deforestation and land consumption, especially in southern Nigeria, are among the causes. The floods that have recently affected the state of Anambra have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes and relocate to internally displaced persons camps.

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Vegetarian meal-delivery sales are increasing

The market for meal kits and meal-delivery services is growing, especially in the United States, where meal kit sales are expected to reach 10 billion dollars by 2020, compared to 1 billion dollars in 2015. Demand for vegetarian and vegan meals is also rising, accounting for over 19% of orders, as recorded, for example, by food delivery chain GrubHub.

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The Guardian

Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

A small study that examined eight participants from Russia, Europe and Japan, found that all of their stool samples contained nine different types of microplastic particles out of the 10 tested. Particle sizes varied between 50 and 500 micrometers. Polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate were the most commonly found. The study suggests that the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain.

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EU development aid decreased in 2017

At the current rate of growth, the EU would need another 40 years to meet the target of devoting 0.7% of Gross National Income to Official Development Assistance.

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