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AFRICA: Africa and the Covid-19 crisis: looking for more resilient food systems - FARM & Pluriagri

AFRICA: Africa and the Covid-19 crisis: looking for more resilient food systems - FARM & Pluriagri | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The pandemic of Covid-19 has hit hard food value chains in Africa, through domestic and foreign trade effects on supply and demand. Its impact has been all the more important as this sector has long suffered from structural weaknesses that hamper its capacity to provide food security, expand, and create jobs. Hence the need to debate on which measures to take and which policies to implement in order to increase the resilience of food systems, in preparation for the shocks of different nature (economic, climatic, sanitary...) that may occur again in the future. 

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SPAIN: Bumper Harvest Comes With Drought, Coronavirus Concerns

SPAIN: Bumper Harvest Comes With Drought, Coronavirus Concerns | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The 2020 olive har­vest is in full swing through­out Spain, with the world’s largest olive oil pro­duc­ing coun­try expected to yield 1,633,000 tons, the sec­ond-high­est total in the past decade.

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Spain: Environmental and nutritional impacts of dietary changes during the COVID-19 lockdown

Spain: Environmental and nutritional impacts of dietary changes during the COVID-19 lockdown | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The COVID lockdown has affected food purchases and eating habits. In this regard, this short communication assesses the nutritional and environmental impacts of these changes during the COVID lockdown in Spain, by applying Life Cycle Assessment and an energy- and nutrient-corrected functional unit. Three environmental impacts were studied (Global Warming Potential, Blue Water Footprint and Land Use) and a total of seven weekly diet scenarios were designed: two pre-COVID diets for March and April in 2019 (MAR19, APR19), one COVID diet (COVID) and two alternative diets, one based on the National Dietary Guidelines (NDG) and another one on the Planetary Health Diet (PHD). 

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UN: Invest in rural women, help them build resilience to future crises

UN: Invest in rural women, help them build resilience to future crises | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The COVID-19 pandemic has now affected more than half the world’s women farmers with restrictions on movement, the closure of shops and markets, and disruption to their supply chains”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Rural Women.
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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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Algérie: Incertitudes sur la sécurité alimentaire dans le monde suite à la Covid-19 : La précarité des ménages algériens

Algérie: Incertitudes sur la sécurité alimentaire dans le monde suite à la Covid-19 : La précarité des ménages algériens | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
De la crise sanitaire qui continue à affecter de nombreux pays à travers le monde sont nées d’autres crises à différents niveaux, particulièrement sur les plans social et économique. La résilience des pays face à cette situation inédite a été d’ailleurs mise à rude épreuve. C’est le cas justement en ce qui concerne la sécurité alimentaire et la protection du pouvoir d’achat des consommateurs.
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Lebanon: 'Money is worth nothing now': how Lebanon is finding a future in farming 

Lebanon: 'Money is worth nothing now': how Lebanon is finding a future in farming  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

With food in short supply and prices rocketing, a wave of new farmers are growing produce on roofs, balconies and beyond.

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic and the devastating explosion in Beirut on 4 August, Lebanon was already deep in economic crisis. For many, farming is emerging as a solution.

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Climate and COVID Worry Farmers Preparing for Harvest

Climate and COVID Worry Farmers Preparing for Harvest | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

An Olive Oil Times survey reveals a season of growing uncertainties and challenges for olive oil producers.

It is an indus­try known for its hard­ships. But even the resilient olive tree and the stal­wart farm­ers used to the ever-chang­ing cir­cum­stances of nature are bend­ing under the stresses of the 2020 har­vest now under­way in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The role of farmers during the COVID-19 crisis

The role of farmers during the COVID-19 crisis | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The COVID-19 pandemic had brought new appreciation for the pivotal role that South Africa’s agriculture sector plays in the provision of healthy, sufficient and affordable food, according to Derek Mathews, chairperson of Grain SA.
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Ecological agriculture as a coping mechanism amid pandemics

Ecological agriculture as a coping mechanism amid pandemics | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated many countries and their economies in ways that no-one could have imagined. While the pandemic is primarily a health crisis, it has come to encompass all aspects of life thus requiring comprehensive national and international collective action.
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Turkey's agricultural exports increase despite pandemic

Turkey's agricultural exports increase despite pandemic | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Turkey’s agricultural exports increased by 3.9% in the first seven months of 2020 compared to the same period last year despite the disruption in supply chains in the food sector caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gastronomie Italienne : Un Business Qui Pèse 229 milliards D'Euros

Gastronomie Italienne : Un Business Qui Pèse 229 milliards D'Euros | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Tout le monde connaît la gastronomie italienne. Bars, bistrots, restaurants, épiceries fines, concept stores. La gastronomie italienne n’arrête pas de séduire et de se développer. Au point de peser 229 milliards d’euros.
La gastronomie italienne est le symbole de la diète méditerranéenne, reconnue dans le monde entier pour sa salubrité. C’est n’est pas un hasard : les Italiens sont, avec les Japonais, le peuple le plus vieux au monde. 

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Italy: Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

Italy: Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.
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MAROC: Covid19 : Lancement d’une campagne de sensibilisation dans les milieux agricoles à Fès-Meknès

MAROC: Covid19 : Lancement d’une campagne de sensibilisation dans les milieux agricoles à Fès-Meknès | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Cette opération, dont le coup d’envoi a été donné en présence notamment du gouverneur de la préfecture de Meknès, Abdelghani Sabbar, et des opérateurs agricoles de la région, vise à sensibiliser les acteurs agricoles à la nécessité de respecter strictement les mesures de prévention et de précaution préconisées par les autorités compétentes, préserver la santé et la sécurité de l’ensemble des travailleurs dans le domaine agricoles, ainsi qu’à réussir le démarrage de la saison agricole.

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MAROC: La Covid-19 et la sécheresse réduisent la commercialisation des produits agricoles

MAROC: La Covid-19 et la sécheresse réduisent la commercialisation des produits agricoles | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Les quantités de produits agricoles reçues sur le marché de gros de légumes et fruits à Casablanca ont diminué au cours de la période entre juin et octobre, de 5 à 10 pour cent, en raison de facteurs économiques et climatiques, selon les affirmations des responsables et commerçants travaillant sur l’installation.

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France: Consommation alimentaire post-COVID19 : faits marquants et scénarios

France: Consommation alimentaire post-COVID19 : faits marquants et scénarios | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
FranceAgriMer publie 2 analyses de l’impact de la crise de la COVID-19 sur les grandes tendances de la consommation alimentaire en France : une synthèse des faits marquants et une présentation de 5 scénarios possibles pour l’après-COVID.
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France: FIlière lait : le confinement a amélioré le solde commercial

France: FIlière lait : le confinement a amélioré le solde commercial | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Si la filière laitière a souffert du confinement qui a totalement bouleversé les débouchés et les canaux de distribution, les exportations sont malgré tout restées assez stables pendant le confinement, contrairement aux importations qui ont fortement reculé, indique l'Institut de l'élevage.

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La Grèce promet une aide de 126 millions d'euros aux producteurs d'huile d'olive pour les pertes liées à la pandémie

La Grèce promet une aide de 126 millions d'euros aux producteurs d'huile d'olive pour les pertes liées à la pandémie | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Environ 145,000 300 bénéficiaires du programme devraient recevoir XNUMX € par hectare d'oliveraie si le plan reçoit l'approbation de la Commission européenne.
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Spain: The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on food priorities. 

Spain: The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on food priorities.  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

This preliminary study describes the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on people’s interests, opinions, and behaviour towards food. Here, the evolution of people’s internet searches, the characteristics of the most watched YouTube videos, and Tweeted messages in relation to COVID-19 and food was studied. Additionally, an online questionnaire (Spanish population, n = 362) studied changes in food shopping habits during the lockdown, motivations behind the changes, and perceived reliability of the information received from media.

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Egypt: A Visual Tale of Luxor's Agricultural Transformation

Egypt: A Visual Tale of Luxor's Agricultural Transformation | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Visually, Luxor is most famous for its iconic temples. Yet beyond this, while there is the visual tale of ancient Egypt, there is also the current visual tale of Egyptian farmers that are opening up to the world and the future.
Today, investing in resilient agriculture is more important than ever. According to an article on the World Economic Forum, the COVID-19 pandemic “should spur us to redefine how we feed humanity.” Being the most labor-intensive, providing an estimated 28% of all jobs and 55% of rural employment, it is the most critical sector to alleviate poverty, provide job opportunities and transform communities for generations to come.

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Can Extra Virgin Olive Oil Help Us Fight COVID-19?

Can Extra Virgin Olive Oil Help Us Fight COVID-19? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

We know we should eat nutritious foods to stay well, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Many also realize extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) offers numerous health benefits, so it can play a vital role in a healthy diet. While no food has been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19, some evidence suggests EVOO could help us combat the novel coronavirus.

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Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears

Mounting Concerns in Greece as Harvest Nears | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The per­sis­tent novel coro­n­avirus has cast its shadow on the upcom­ing har­vest­ing sea­son in Greece, spread­ing anx­i­ety among grow­ers and pro­duc­ers.
Apart from shak­ing up the agri­cul­tural sec­tor of the coun­try, the pan­demic has brought along travel restric­tions and local quar­an­tines, threat­en­ing the avail­abil­ity of for­eign work­ers at har­vest time.

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Maroc: La filière avicole en grande difficulté

Maroc: La filière avicole en grande difficulté | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

La crise sanitaire du Covid-19 porte un coup dur à l’aviculture marocaine. Depuis la pandémie, un net recul de la demande s’est fait ressentir, estimé à 50% et correspondant aux chutes de commandes des restaurateurs, hôtels etc.

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Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts

Spain's Farmers Welcome Low Harvest Forecasts | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
An official for one of Spain’s main agricultural unions argues that steadily rising global consumption paired with a decrease in production may lead to more demand for Spanish olive oil and cause prices to rise.
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Covid-19 & Sécurité alimentaire | Des pertes alimentaires accrues en Afrique - CIRAD

Covid-19 & Sécurité alimentaire | Des pertes alimentaires accrues en Afrique - CIRAD | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Covid-19 & Sécurité alimentaire | Des pertes alimentaires accrues en Afrique : En Afrique de l’Ouest, la pandémie a révélé les faiblesses de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, mais aussi et surtout, les difficultés à limiter les pertes et gaspillages alimentaires. 

Entre défaillances logistiques, manque de technologie et dépendance aux exportations, la crise liée au coronavirus est venue aggraver une situation déjà préoccupante.

Analyse de Victoria Bancal, chercheuse spécialiste de l'efficience des systèmes alimentaires et Françoise Kouamé, enseignant-chercheur en technologie alimentaire ...

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