The Kenyan Start-Up That Helps Reduce Deforestation

It's called Eco2librium and since 2010 it has provided families in rural Kenya with more than 50,000 energy-efficient stoves. With its project, Stoves for Life, the African start-up has helped reduce deforestation and CO2 emissions and now offers a stable income to approximately 500 local employees. The company auto-finances itself, thanks to the credits earned for the reduced carbon emissions.

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The Guardian

Obesity Worst Than Smoking for UK Women

According to a report from Cancer Research UK, the largest cancer research charity in Britain, obesity is set to overtake smoking as the single biggest cause of preventable cancer in British women by 2043. The report says that by 2035 around 10% of cases of cancer in women (approx. 25,000 cases) could be caused by smoking and 9% by obesity. If the projected trend continues, obesity will overtake smoking.

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The Independent

Yemen Faces Its Worst Food Crisis Yet

NGO Care International, currently operating in the country, warns that food to support the population could run out in 2 to 3 months. The organization explains that Saudi airstrikes may cause Yemen's main port to close, preventing food supplies from reaching the country. Should this be the case, the population would have to survive on the World Food Programme's stockpiles, which would last only a few months.

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The Local

Switzerland Rejects More Sustainable and Fair Agriculture

Swiss citizens voted against the green parties' proposals for a more sustainable and fair agriculture. The first initiative, "Fair Food", called for all food, including animal products, to come from sustainable and certified sources. It also asked for stricter measures against food waste and imports, as well as funds to boost local farming, to achieve the so-colled "Food Sovereignty". The results showed that 68.4% of voters rejected the first initiative and 61.3% the second.

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NY Times

Excess Drinking Killed 3 Million People in 2016

A report by the World Health Organization revealed that 237 million men and 46 million women faced drinking problems, with the highest concentration in Europe and the Americas. Europe has the highest global per capita alcohol consumption, even though figures have dropped by 10% since 2010. Globally, approximately 2.3 billion people are drinkers. Alcohol abuse causes injuries, accidents, mental disorders, as well as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

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FAO and World Bank Join Forces to Reduce Hunger and Famine

During a recent meeting at the United Nations Assembly, FAO and World Bank showed reciprocal interest in collaborating on projects to reduce hunger and famine. The first with its Global Information and Early Warning System on food and agriculture (GIEWS), the second with FAM (Famine Action Mechanism), which calls for increasing investments on building the resilience of the populations affected by famine and climate change.

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The Close Connection Between Peace and Food

Without food security there will be no peace. This was the message of FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York.

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United Nations

Media on the Front Line

The UN launches Media Compact for the Sustainable Development Goals, an initiative designed to encourage the media and entertainment sectors to use their resources and creative talents to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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European Commission

EPA Has a New Partner

Mauritania signed the economic agreement between West Africa and the EU and became the 15th West African country to have signed the region-to-region Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.

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