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La réforme des systèmes alimentaires est essentielle dans la lutte contre le changement climatique

La réforme des systèmes alimentaires est essentielle dans la lutte contre le changement climatique | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Dans la lutte pour empêcher les températures mondiales d'augmenter de plus de 2 ºC (3.6 ºF) au-dessus des niveaux préindustriels, les décideurs devront se concentrer sur l'adaptation de leurs systèmes alimentaires pour qu'ils soient plus végétaux et durables, selon les Nations Unies et World Fonds pour la faune.
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#COVID19 : WHY DOES THE CIHEAM MATTER? Communication of the CIHEAM Secretary General, Mr Plácido Plaza

#COVID19 : WHY DOES THE CIHEAM MATTER? Communication of the CIHEAM Secretary General, Mr Plácido Plaza | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

COMMUNICATION OF MR PLÁCIDO PLAZA, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE CIHEAM.
In addition to the health and financial crisis caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19), there are the risks related to food, social and economic crises that are likely to worsen the situation in the most fragile regions of the world that are already faced with climatic shocks, the depletion of natural resources and poverty.

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Coronavirus in Egypt: Panic Buying As Total Rises to 126 Cases

Coronavirus in Egypt: Panic Buying As Total Rises to 126 Cases | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt’s Ministry of Health and the regional office of the World Health Organization announced 16 new cases of COVID-19 late Sunday, raising the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country to 126. The new 16 cases include eight Egyptians and eight foreigners who were in contact with previous cases as the ministry is […]
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Coronavirus : L’agriculture, l’autre secteur clé en temps d’épidémie ?

Coronavirus : L’agriculture, l’autre secteur clé en temps d’épidémie ? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Malgré l’épidémie, « les agriculteurs sont au boulot, dans leurs exploitations », assure Christiane Lambert, présidente de la FNSEA. Il n’empêche, l’épidémie n’est pas sans poser plusieurs questions sur le bon fonctionnement de notre chaîne alimentaire. Tour d’horizon.

« Pas de pénurie alimentaire », « 90 à 95 % des références présentes en rayon », « aucun rationnement prévu »… Dimanche midi, Bruno Le Maire avait tenu un discours rassurant sur la sécurité de l’approvisionnement de la France en produits alimentaires, en dépit de l’épidémie de coronavirus. Elle sera « garantie dans les jours et les semaines à venir », du moins « si chacun adopte des comportements responsables », lançait le ministre de l’Economie.

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Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector

Coronavirus Epidemic Hits Italy's Agriculture Sector | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As the num­ber of con­firmed coro­n­avirus cases surges to 400 in Italy, the country’s agri­cul­tural indus­try is already feel­ing the impacts of the epi­demic.
Har­vest­ing, pack­ag­ing and trans­porta­tion have all been deeply affected by strict mea­sures intro­duced by the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment to con­tain the spread of the virus.
To make things worse, sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries have started ask­ing Ital­ian sup­pli­ers for addi­tional and more com­pre­hen­sive cer­ti­fi­ca­tions on imported Ital­ian goods. Oth­ers have enforced reg­u­la­tions that could reduce the avail­abil­ity of for­eign sea­sonal work­ers ahead of the next har­vest.

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L’agriculture française à la croisée des chemins

L’agriculture française à la croisée des chemins | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Alors que s’ouvre ce samedi la 57ᵉ édition du Salon international de l’agriculture à Paris, retour sur les profondes transformations et défis auxquels doit faire face le secteur agricole français.

Boom du bio, expérimentations sur les toits des villes, émergence du biocontrôle… mais aussi scandales sanitaires, précarité de nombreux agriculteurs, dégradation des sols et usage de pesticides fatal aux insectes pollinisateurs : sur fond d’aspirations et d’injonctions souvent contradictoires, l’agriculture et les agriculteurs français semblent arrivés à la croisée des chemins.

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Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest

Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Building resilience in fragile regions must be a priority, not an afterthought, in our efforts to reach global goals. Climate change impacts vulnerable communities hardest.

 We’ve known for a while that conflict and political instability—especially when coupled with extreme weather events such as hurricanes or drought—inevitably leads to poverty, food insecurity, limited access to clean water and sanitation, unreliable infrastructure and displacement.

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Food or War: Alarming take on future of humanity

Food or War: Alarming take on future of humanity | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
“The most destructive object on the planet,” writes Julian Cribb in this alarming assessment of our food future, is “the human jawbone. It is presently devouring the Earth – and that is not a wise strategy for our long-term survival”. Our rapacious desire to consume has caused wars, built empires, permanently changed the Earth’s ecosystem, and is now pushing humanity towards a cliff edge. Climate change, environmental degradation, unsustainable growth, and industrialised agriculture are part of a toxic cocktail that means “the world faces the greatest threat to global food supply in all of human history”.
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New Report Confirms Challenges for Young and Beginning Farmers

New Report Confirms Challenges for Young and Beginning Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
It’s a tough time for farmers across the nation. Many have lost crops or delayed planting due to extreme weather events related to climate change, including flooding, droughts, and wildfires. Total farm debt and farm bankruptcies have surged. A significant amount of farmland is being lost to development, and the average age of the American farmer is still rising.
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Maltempo sull'Italia, danni record all'olivicoltura 

Maltempo sull'Italia, danni record all'olivicoltura  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Danni ingenti si registrano non solo sulle olive, spazzate via dal forte vento, ma anche sugli ulivi con migliaia di piante sradicate o spezzate. Una situazione critica in una stagione che, secondo le stime, dovrebbe far registrare un calo record della produzione nazionale del 38%
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Existing only from the Nile, Egypt fears disaster from a dam

Existing only from the Nile, Egypt fears disaster from a dam | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

 The only reason Egypt has even existed from ancient times until today is because of the Nile River, which provides a thin, richly fertile stretch of green through the desert. For the first time, the country fears a potential threat to that lifeline, and it seems to have no idea what to do about it.

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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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Turkey launches digital market for agriculture

Turkey launches digital market for agriculture | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Launching the Digital Agriculture Market, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said that it will enable stakeholders dealing with agricultural supply and demand to meet in the digital marketplace and ensure that farmers will earn more income. It will also help consumers access cheaper agricultural products.

COVID-19 raises fears about food security

''By managing the pandemic era well, we need to prepare the Turkish agriculture sector for the post-coronavirus period,'' the minister said.

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Global Food Policy Report 2020: Inclusive food systems can help build resilience to withstand pandemics and other shocks

Global Food Policy Report 2020: Inclusive food systems can help build resilience to withstand pandemics and other shocks | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As the world battles the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic disruption it is generating, concern about the impact it will have on food systems is growing. While it is still too early to know the extent of the effects the pandemic will have on food insecurity or poverty, we can be sure that the poor and vulnerable people are likely to suffer the most.
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UNCTAD | Coronavirus (COVID-19) : News, Analysis and Resources

UNCTAD | Coronavirus (COVID-19) : News, Analysis and Resources | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

UNCTAD is monitoring the effects of the global pandemic on manufacturing, trade, foreign direct investment and economic growth.

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Coronavirus and the Implications for Food Systems and Policy 

Coronavirus and the Implications for Food Systems and Policy  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Agrilinks, 12/03/2020 - Looking to past viruses as well as China’s handling of COVID-19 might help guide future responses in public policy and programming.

Although Ebola virus is a vastly different disease than COVID-19 — on the genetic level they work through different processes, they have different transmission pathways, there are differences in susceptibility, the disease progresses differently, and they have different levels of severity — it is perhaps useful to reflect upon the food system disruptions that occurred during the 2013—2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, primarily in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. 

Despite these observations, there is still much we don’t know about the particular disease dynamics of COVID-19 and the possible impacts of different policy decisions. The ways that countries, governments, institutions, and communities respond to coronavirus may have profound implications for resilience, food security, nutrition, and food systems policy more broadly.  Without adequate preparation, response plans, and resources, second-order impacts on the economy, security, food security, education, and more ...

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Farmers facing drought disaster

Farmers facing drought disaster | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Malta’s few remaining full-time farmers are living in constant fear that the island’s farming industry could soon cease to exist as extreme weather becomes the norm.
The country is in a state of drought and February is forecast to be the driest on record with just 0.6mm of rainfall recorded so far this month. George Mifsud, one of the estimated 150 remaining full-time farmers in the country, made a stark prediction about the future of his profession.

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Cisjordanie : les palmiers de la discorde

Cisjordanie : les palmiers de la discorde | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Le plan de paix dévoilé par le président Trump le 28 janvier 2020 propose l’annexion de la plus grande partie de la vallée du Jourdain par Israël. Les réactions se sont surtout focalisées sur la négation du droit international qui se trouve au cœur de ce document (rappelons que l’occupation militaire israélienne de la Cisjordanie a été condamnée par plusieurs résolutions des Nations unies). Mais il importe également de considérer le contexte économique : si le plan de Trump est aujourd’hui envisageable, c’est en bonne partie dû à la transformation agricole que la vallée du Jourdain a connue au cours de ces dernières années.

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Palm Oil: Everything You Need to Know About Deforestation and More

Palm Oil: Everything You Need to Know About Deforestation and More | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Palm oil has become quite controversial over the past few years, as more and more people have learned about the industry, how it impacts the environment, and how it hurts primates.
Read on for answers to some of the Internet's most-asked questions about palm oil, which should help you make an informed decision about whether it's something you want to continue consuming.

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The sea is running out of fish, despite nations’ pledges to stop

Major countries that are promising to curtail funding for fisheries are nevertheless increasing handouts for their seafood industries.

As global fish stocks that feed hundreds of millions of people dwindle, nations are scrambling to finalise by year's end an international agreement to ban government subsidies that fuel overfishing.

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BREAD, FREEDOM, AND MIGRATION: THE ROLE OF FOOD IN THE ARAB AWAKENING

BREAD, FREEDOM, AND MIGRATION: THE ROLE OF FOOD IN THE ARAB AWAKENING | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
North Africa’s short-lived Arab Spring of 2010-11 illustrates a disastrous cycle of conflict, food insecurity, and forced migration.
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'L-aħħar bidwi' could be a Maltese reality in 15 years' time

'L-aħħar bidwi' could be a Maltese reality in 15 years' time | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Weak food production management, an exodus of farmers, agricultural land given over for other uses, stiff competition from imported produce, a diminishing water table… the situation in agriculture in Malta is dire, according to an expert.

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Death of the Nile

Death of the Nile | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A journey from the source of the Nile in central Africa to its mouth near Cairo, charting the problems faced by the river and those who depend on it.
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