PRESS REVIEW - SEPTEMBER 21/27, 2019

CGIAR

650 million dollars for assisting small farmers

A coalition of financiers, non-profit associations and philanthropic institutes has promised to invest over 650 million dollars in the organization of the CGIAR system. This aims to help 300 million small-scale farmers in developing countries to adapt to the impact of climate change, which is already eroding crop production and livestock rearing in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.

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USA Today

A crucial week for world climate

The United Nations Climate Summit began in New York on September 23. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked heads of government to present concrete plans to improve commitments to reduce greenhouse gases and achieve zero net carbon emissions. United Nations observers say that China and about 70 other countries could make important announcements. 

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FAO/AllAfrica

At least 30 African countries need food aid

According to a recent FAO report, altogether roughly 41 countries continue to need food aid. Of these, at least 30 are African nations. This situation is caused by numerous conflicts and adverse weather conditions, in particular the lack of rain, which strongly affects the availability and access to food for millions of people.

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Fox News

Every American wastes over 40 kilograms of food per year

Roughly 47 kilograms of food are wasted by every American each year. The same survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bosch, also found that the average American has about 102 dollars worth of food in their refrigerator, and every week they throw away about 53 dollars worth. The most frequently wasted items are bananas, strawberries and apples.

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New York Times

In a warmer world, what will the future of wine be?

The answer is being studied by an Israeli research group in the Negev dessert. Techniques are being tested on 30 grape varieties, involving the use of nets to provide shade, trellises to grow vines with limited exposure to the sun, sensors that measure soil moisture and thermal imaging cameras that track solar absorption by grapes. Systems for understanding how to produce wine in hotter and more desertified conditions. 

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