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AFRICA: Do certified foods help African farmers?

AFRICA: Do certified foods help African farmers? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Food certification schemes are more prevalent than ever in Africa, driven by demand in developed countries, with a range of labels dominating the landscape, from Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire to organic Tunisian olive oil and fair-trade mangoes in Senegal.

 

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The Fair Value of Bread: TUNISIA, 28 December 1983–6 January 1984

The Fair Value of Bread: TUNISIA, 28 December 1983–6 January 1984 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The “Bread Riots” that broke out in Tunisia on 28 December 1983 lasted barely ten days. Yet, they cost the lives of over one hundred people. The revolt studied here centred on two popular neighbourhoods of Tunis in the wake of massive, World Bank-sponsored development plans. This article seeks to understand how the inhabitants in these quarters reacted to the establishment of a new welfare state that was more concerned with fighting poverty – or fighting the poor – than with equalizing conditions or offering the same opportunities for everyone. Based on this case study, I argue that the great Bread Revolt of 1983–1984 marked a break with past practices of state reform and popular protest and suggest that International Monetary Fund and World Bank prescriptions and state implementations reconfigured the political and social landscape of independent Tunisia.

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UN: A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas

UN: A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
With the world population expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, food production will need to keep pace, and experts believe the Ocean can provide much of the sustenance we need. The second story in our two-part series on aquaculture focuses on the opportunities for significantly scaling up fish farming. |
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Tunisia’s Economy, Agri-food System, and Households

The Impact of COVID-19 on Tunisia’s Economy, Agri-food System, and Households | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolved from a health crisis to a large-scale global economic crisis. Like most of the world’s countries, Tunisia is facing a new unfamiliar challenge.  Tunisia’s government quickly realized the critical health challenge of COVID-19 and took measures to contain the virus including imposing a full lockdown and providing new equipment to the health facilities.
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Agriculture: FAO adds two Tunisian sites to GIAHS list - Environment

Agriculture: FAO adds two Tunisian sites to GIAHS list - Environment | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Traditional Ramli agricultural systems in the lagoons of Ghar El Melh and in the hanging gardens of Djebba El Olia reflect profound bonds between the cultivated crops and the natural ecosystem
​Agriculture: FAO adds two Tunisian sites to GIAHS list, Ramli and Ghar El Melh and gardens of Djebba El Olia.

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Tunisie: Quelle agriculture post-Covid-19 ?

Tunisie: Quelle agriculture post-Covid-19 ? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
La pandémie de la Covid-19 nous a montré que les secteurs les plus importants pour la survie de l’homme, sont ceux de la santé et de l’agriculture. Ce dernier secteur doit être considéré comme prioritaire dans tout programme de développement et mérite une attention et un soutien particuliers. Il doit cependant remédier aux inconvénients qu’on …
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Tunisia Exports 146,000 Tons of Olive Oil Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Tunisia Exports 146,000 Tons of Olive Oil Amid COVID-19 Crisis | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

While Tunisia's exports of olive oil slowed during the coronavirus crisis, the country had seen relative success in continuing activity and reaching foreign markets.

According to Bayoudh, Tunisia had continued to export olive oil and meet its market commitments despite the country’s trade suspension and an almost complete halt placed on overseas shipments due to COVID-19.

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L'oléotourisme bientôt opérationnel en Tunisie ?

L'oléotourisme bientôt opérationnel en Tunisie ? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
La Tunisie, terre d'oliviers, s'intéresse à l'oléotourisme, qui représente à n'en point douter une opportunité à saisir.
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Revolution, Hope and Tunisian Olive Oil

Revolution, Hope and Tunisian Olive Oil | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
This is the story of two very different men drawn back to Tunisia at times of political upheaval and change, and how their desire to make great olive oil now unifies them in an effort to help Tunisia become a world-class olive oil nation. An Olive Oil Times reporter spent time with both men to learn their stories.
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Panic over the red devils threatening to strip Tunisia of its grand palm trees

Panic over the red devils threatening to strip Tunisia of its grand palm trees | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A red palm weevil infestation is decimating trees and posing a threat to the country’s date crop, a mainstay of the fragile economy. It’s an unlikely but very real crisis for a country with a teetering economy: a tiny red devil is invading Tunisia and it could cost hundreds of thousands of people their livelihoods.

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TUNISIA Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports

TUNISIA Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Olive oil exporters in Tunisia hope to double exports of bottled olive oil in the next five years. The government plans to help by easing bureaucratic hurdles and promoting quality.
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TUNISIA: People are hungry’: why youth are taking to the streets 

TUNISIA: People are hungry’: why youth are taking to the streets  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Ettadhamen, a marginalised district on the outskirts of Tunis, wears unrest well. Over the weekend and into this week, violent protests have dominated life in this overlooked and restive place.
The district is not unique. Over the past few days, protests have erupted in working-class neighbourhoods in at least 15 locations across Tunisia, in response to declining living conditions, poverty and endemic unemployment, especially among the country’s young people.

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Tunisia: The impact of COVID-19 on economy, agri-food system, and households

Tunisia: The impact of COVID-19 on economy, agri-food system, and households | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The COVID-19 crisis is expected to lead to a 46.4 percent decline in Tunisia’s GDP during the 2nd quarter of 2020 (April to June). The industrial sector will be hit hardest, with output falling by 52.7 percent, followed closely by services (-49.0 percent) and agriculture (-16.2 percent). These high losses are a result of the complete lockdown imposed in the country to contain the pandemic.
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Tunisia Asks Europe to Increase Duty-Free Imports

Tunisia Asks Europe to Increase Duty-Free Imports | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Tunisia’s National Olive Oil Board (ONH) has asked the Euro­pean Union to increase its duty-free olive oil import quota from the North African coun­try to 100,000 tons.
Cur­rently, E.U. importers can bring up to 56,700 tons into the 27-mem­ber trad­ing bloc with­out pay­ing tar­iffs, but Chokri Bay­oudh argues that this is not enough and said it is time to update the 20-year-old agree­ment.

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USDA Predicts Global Olive Oil Production To Decrease Again

USDA Predicts Global Olive Oil Production To Decrease Again | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The depart­ment esti­mates that the vast major­ity of the pro­duc­tion decrease will take place in the Euro­pean Union, with the excep­tion of Spain. On the other side of the Mediter­ranean, two of the region’s largest pro­duc­ers – Tunisia and Turkey – are expected to have lower har­vests than they did in 2019 as well.

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Food Security in Tunisia: A Need to Move Back to Sovereignty

Food Security in Tunisia: A Need to Move Back to Sovereignty | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Since the end of French colonization in 1956, successive Tunisian governments have managed to ensure access to healthy and sufficient food for the vast majority of its citizens. Tunisia has a low level of hunger, with a 2018 score of 7.9 out of 50 on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), and this number has continued to trend downwards. Most Tunisians eat their fill and some even allow themselves luxury food products from time to time. Physical access to something to eat without too much trouble is not the challenge. The question is, given the context of a stagnant economy and high unemployment: at what cost?

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'The last days of agriculture': Squeezed Tunisian farmers eye EU imports with concern

'The last days of agriculture': Squeezed Tunisian farmers eye EU imports with concern | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Critics of talks to expand trade between Tunisia and the EU have described Brussels as pushing for 'neo-colonial policies'
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Tunisian Women Producers Making a Mark in a Man's World

Tunisian Women Producers Making a Mark in a Man's World | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Much like wine-making, the world of olive oil is largely a male-dominated industry. This is also true in Tunisia, where one-third of the land is covered in olive groves and 300,000 people work in olive oil production. But many of these are women who are making a significant mark on Tunisia’s fast-growing olive oil industry, even if it’s often from somewhere behind the scenes.

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Tunisia Seeks Renewal Through the Olive Tree

Tunisia Seeks Renewal Through the Olive Tree | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Seven years after a sweeping revolution in 2011 ended a decades-long dictatorship, production of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil has become a symbol of renewal and rallying call.
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Production, Exports Down in Tunisia but Optimism Remains High

Production, Exports Down in Tunisia but Optimism Remains High | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Tunisian olive oil production and exports are down for this season as the country plans further investments in the sector.
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