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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 reason we’re running out of farmers

The reason we’re running out of farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Gender inequality and few opportunities for migrant workers mean that farmers are starting to look alike: old. These groups have ideas for how to reverse that.
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EGYPT acts to rescue its farmland from urban sprawl

EGYPT acts to rescue its farmland from urban sprawl | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The government is confronting the loss of farmland by demolishing homes and buildings constructed without permits.

Egyptian authorities are moving ahead with a big crackdown on homes and other buildings constructed illegally on farmland nationwide.

Municipal authorities have demolished thousands of structures built on agricultural land without permits and in violation of Egypt's agriculture laws.

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Mediterranean: Challenges Await Growers As the Region Becomes Hotter and Drier

Mediterranean: Challenges Await Growers As the Region Becomes Hotter and Drier | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Climate change has a direct, mea­sur­able impact on olive farm­ing in the Mediterranean region. As a result, the vast major­ity of the world’s olive oil-pro­duc­ing areas have become a test­ing ground.
In recent years, sci­en­tists have begun to inves­ti­gate how new rain­fall pat­terns, which increas­ingly resem­ble those of sub­trop­i­cal envi­ron­ments, will affect European farm­ers.

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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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Malta: Farmers complain Central Link project turned fields into arid land

Malta: Farmers complain Central Link project turned fields into arid land | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Tonnes of soil excavated for the Central Link project have been dumped into adjacent fields rendering them uncultivable while fertile land disturbed by heavy vehicles has not been reinstated, farmers are complaining. 
An estimated 49,000 square metres of land, mostly agricultural, had to be sacrificed to make way for the new thoroughfare.

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A Lebanese farmer’s tale: Amid coronavirus, struggles to import supplies, prices rise

A Lebanese farmer’s tale: Amid coronavirus, struggles to import supplies, prices rise | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Lebanese agriculture and food production industry has come under multiple threats, and the coronavirus-spurred economic contraction has exacerbated the hit already laid upon the sector by the ongoing currency crisis. Experts warn that compounding issues in the country could lead to production decreases and further price increases in the coming months.
Food prices in the country are already on the rise as inflation has begun to soar and the local currency has lost half its value against the dollar.

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For Some Italians, the Future of Work Looks Like the Past

For Some Italians, the Future of Work Looks Like the Past | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As the coronavirus drastically reorders society and economies, more Italians are returning to the agricultural jobs of their grandparents.

CORCOLLE, Italy — On a small farm outside Rome, workers crouched in the corridors of a cornfield and tended to stalks for the coming harvest. The ones from Morocco, Romania and Nigeria knew exactly what to do. It was the new Italian hires who needed help.

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Malta's Farmers given licence to sell directly to consumers

Malta's Farmers given licence to sell directly to consumers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers are being allowed to sell their produce directly to consumers. The government said it was giving them a temporary extension of the licence they hold to sell fruit and vegetables at the farmers’ market.
The new freedom to sell has already spawned an online map connecting farmer ...

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Greece: Europe Approves €1B Aid to Greek Farmers, Other Businesses as Agricultural Sector Reels

Greece: Europe Approves €1B Aid to Greek Farmers, Other Businesses as Agricultural Sector Reels | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Cre­tan farm­ers said super­mar­kets cur­rently absorbs 30 per­cent of their pro­duc­tion of fruits and veg­eta­bles with the rest being unsold since many eater­ies and other food ser­vices are closed, while their coun­ter­parts in the Ilia region of the Pelo­pon­nese have already dis­carded part of their fresh crop of straw­ber­ries and zuc­chi­nis due to lim­ited demand.

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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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Participation: key to the creation of new farming systems

Participation: key to the creation of new farming systems | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers and the actors that support farming systems face acute challenges caused by the climate emergency. According to CGIAR researchers, overcoming these challenges requires working together to co-design and adopt climate-smart practices. This article explains how climate-smart farming could be achieved through an innovation platform to develop climate-smart practices.

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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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EGYPT's farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops

EGYPT's farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The system, developed by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and Cairo’s MSA University, uses a sensor buried in the soil to measure moisture levels and a transmitter to send the data to the user, who accesses it through a mobile app.
Even if they are away from their fields, farmers can tell whether their crops need more water or have had enough.

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MALTA : Supermarket chains urged to work with farmers for better food security

MALTA : Supermarket chains urged to work with farmers for better food security | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

An agricultural lobby group has urged supermarket chains to collaborate more closely with farmers to help the country achieve better food security.
The appeal was made by Malcolm Borg, coordinator of the farmers’ association Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, in reaction to the news that the country could have faced a serious food shortage in April had the port of Genoa shut down after workers threatened to strike.

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EUROPE: Give agricultural workers vaccination priority, stakeholders urge

EUROPE: Give agricultural workers vaccination priority, stakeholders urge | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine edges closer in the EU, stakeholders are urging member states to treat the food and drink workforce as a top priority in vaccination plans.
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Africa: Financial inclusion of farmers

Africa: Financial inclusion of farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

More than half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa works in the agriculture sector, but most farmers in the region still do not have access to formal financial services. Limited access to these services makes it more difficult for farmers to take advantage of business opportunities, invest and save for the future, and insure against risks

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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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Malta: Kunserva producer increases farmers’ prices for tomatoes

Malta: Kunserva producer increases farmers’ prices for tomatoes | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A company that produces kunserva has promised farmers it will increase their remuneration for tomatoes by up to a fifth.
The pledge comes after farmers had threatened to cut their tomato supply if the “pittance” they receive for the produce is not improved. Vernons’ “consideration towards the hard work that goes into producing tomatoes” has earned them the endorsement of Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi (United Active Farmers), which is still calling on the other two local processors to pay farmers a “fair price”.

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Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers

Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Italy’s Bank of the Lands and Ismea, the Insti­tute of Ser­vices for the Agri­cul­tural Food Mar­ket, have raised much more atten­tion than they expected from young farm­ers seek­ing lands and busi­nesses to cul­ti­vate.
Ismea, the insti­tu­tion behind the ini­tia­tive, noted that in the last few months, 1,709 of what are called ​“new gen­er­a­tion farm­ers” have applied to buy farm­ing lots, groves and fields placed on the mar­ket by the bank.

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MENA: Food loss and waste in the time of COVID-19: farmers, intermediaries and consumers as key decision makers

MENA: Food loss and waste in the time of COVID-19: farmers, intermediaries and consumers as key decision makers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Food losses and waste (FLW) have been a challenge in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region since long before the COVID-19, but this calamity, that rapidly became an economic crisis, is bringing disruptions to food systems that may manifest in greater levels of FLW. Containment and prevention measures are affecting the complex web of interactions along value chains, involving producers and input/service providers, intermediaries, and consumers.

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Malta: Farmers who bank on potato exports face coronavirus uncertainty

Malta: Farmers who bank on potato exports face coronavirus uncertainty | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The exportation of Malta’s most important cash crop, the humble potato, has been thrown into uncertainty this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The crop is worth about €2 million a year to Malta’s farmers. But while they have started to harvest potatoes for export to countries like Holland and Germany, this year they fear a drop in both demand and prices.
The situation is “very fluid and uncertain”, according to Malcolm Borg, head of the farmers’ lobby group Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi.

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Can better data change the fate of India’s invisible female farmers?

Can better data change the fate of India’s invisible female farmers? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
They make up the backbone of the agriculture sector, but women are often "not counted as farmers" in India. Women’s rights groups are advocating for change — including joint registration of land and a registry of female farmers.
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Agriculture Bill: UK to reward farmers for clean air, soils and water

Agriculture Bill: UK to reward farmers for clean air, soils and water | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The UK’s first domestic agricultural policy in more than 70 years addresses food security and food safety, alongside clean air, soils and water.
On 16 January 2020, the UK introduced the Agriculture Bill. Key areas addressed include food security, food safety, and the government’s 2050 net-zero emissions target.

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Farmers ruined by 'the system'

Farmers ruined by 'the system' | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A group of Gozitan farmers and livestock breeders risk being forced to shut down their operations due to increasing expenses and an uneven playing field.
Six farmers spoke on how the number of people working in the sector has diminished drastically, and that those who remain in business onl
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