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ICARDA: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2021

ICARDA: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2021 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

ICARDA is giving the floor to five inspiring female scientists to share their thoughts on the reasons behind underrepresentation of women in some areas of science, as well as share their own experiences, challenges, and achievements as scientists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Find out who they are, the resources they rely on, and how they are transforming agricultural research for development across the world’s dry regions.

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LEBANON: Hardships Shift Focus to Exports

LEBANON: Hardships Shift Focus to Exports | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A devaluing local currency coupled with the scarcity of hard currencies has made production more expensive. Producers are turning to exports as a solution.

Lebanese olive oil pro­duc­tion is expected to reach 26,000 tons in the 2020/21 crop year, accord­ing to the lat­est data from the International Olive Council.
While this fig­ure is not too much higher than the rolling five-year aver­age (23,500 tons), a shift is begin­ning to take place in the sec­tor.

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MIDDLE EAST & NOTRTH AFRICA: Internationalization of Tertiary Education

MIDDLE EAST & NOTRTH AFRICA: Internationalization of Tertiary Education | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As the first MENA regionwide report on the subject, this report was conceived out of a real need for data and analysis on internationalization, as well as a direct demand from stakeholders including tertiary education institutions in the region. Its primary objectives are to raise awareness on internationalization, to encourage its becoming a priority for institutions and governments in the region, and to stimulate much-needed regional policy dialogue on the topic.

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JORDAN: Impact of COVID-19 on the economy: economic sectors, food systems, households.

JORDAN: Impact of COVID-19 on the economy: economic sectors, food systems, households. | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
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What price for cleaner air in the Middle East? - News - Nature Middle East

Conflict, economic recession, plus some good policies in a few countries, have surprisingly decreased air pollution in the Middle East since 2010.
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Crop trade depletes global groundwater - News - Nature Middle East

The import and export of crops drawing on groundwater is threatening food and water security in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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MIDDLE EAST: Food Security During the Covid-19 Pandemic: From Bad to Worse

MIDDLE EAST: Food Security During the Covid-19 Pandemic: From Bad to Worse | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Many Middle Eastern countries were experiencing heightened levels of food insecurity even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Economic shocks related to regional and global lockdown measures, and conflict in some parts of the region have further reduced food security. It is expected that the regional food security situation will remain precarious for the foreseeable future.

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EGPYT calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall

EGPYT calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt has recently agreed with the Russian Rusnano Group to develop its local components and build more desalination plants to face the water scarcity that could result from the Ethiopian dam being built on the Blue Nile.
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MIDDLE EAST: Organic Farming In The Desert

MIDDLE EAST: Organic Farming In The Desert | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Technology brings a new dimension to the economic viability argument of organic farming in virgin uncontaminated desert dunes, expediting the certification process and enabling entrepreneurs to derive ROI sooner than later.
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Delving deeper into date fruit metabolites - News - Nature Middle East

Delving deeper into date fruit metabolites - News - Nature Middle East | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Anti-oxidants present in date fruits last long enough in the bloodstream to have a potential health effect.The identification of some biologically active compounds that remain in the bloodstream following the ingestion of two popular date varieties could improve scientific understanding of their health benefits.
Date fruits are among the oldest cultivated fruits in the world. 

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Yemen on the pathway of devastating wheat stem rust disease - News - Nature Middle East

Yemen on the pathway of devastating wheat stem rust disease - News - Nature Middle East | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Wind traveling from one continent to another is responsible for dispersing and transporting a significant amount of wheat stem rust to faraway locations. 
The deadly and devastating disease, known as wheat stem rust or black rust, covers the crop's leaves and stems with red blister-like pustules, and is caused by a fungal pathogen called Puccinia graminis.
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