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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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EU: Free Trade Agreements and Agriculture

EU: Free Trade Agreements and Agriculture | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

You’ve probably heard of CETA, TTIP, the Mercosur deal because the debate over these free trade agreements or FTAs has grown over the past years.
In this video EURACTIV takes a closer look at FTAs and what makes EU foodstuff so crucial in trade negotiations.

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MedDiet : Creation of a label Key to E.U. Food Security and Sustainability, Report Says

MedDiet : Creation of a label Key to E.U. Food Security and Sustainability, Report Says | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The report argues that a renewed focus on the Mediterranean diet could help the region mitigate the impacts of climate change, promote sustainable agriculture and increase food security.
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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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GREECE: Exports and Prices Are Looking Up

GREECE: Exports and Prices Are Looking Up | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The lim­ited sup­ply of extra vir­gin olive oil in Europe has cre­ated the con­di­tions for an upward trend in pro­ducer prices in Greece.
However, the Greek mar­ket is mov­ing at a slug­gish pace due to traders’ reluc­tance to buy based on their medium-term needs. So far, olive oil prices remain unchanged since last December.

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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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Changing Route: Common Action on Food Systems Transformation in the Mediterranean

Changing Route: Common Action on Food Systems Transformation in the Mediterranean | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Coronavirus pandemic has revealed the fragility of our food systems, affecting all dimensions of food security and nutrition across the world. It has highlighted how deeply our world is interconnected and the importance of better recognising and understanding the interconnections that are intrinsic to these systems and their key role in pursuit of the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. There is now, more than ever, a stronger need for a “route change” towards a common action on food systems transformation.

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Mediterranean Diet as a sustainable lifestyle.

Mediterranean Diet as a sustainable lifestyle. | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Despite being officially introduced in the Brundtland Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development more than 20 years ago, it has only been over the last few years that the term…
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Covid-19 and FOOD SECURITY: can emerging economies mitigate rising prices?

Covid-19 and FOOD SECURITY: can emerging economies mitigate rising prices? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
An increase in food prices following the coronavirus pandemic has intensified concerns related to global food security. For emerging markets, this has further underlined the importance of regional cooperation and innovative solutions to help overcome the challenges.
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FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series

FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

This FAO series — organized in collaboration with SEI and KTH Royal Institute of Technology — introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond.

Session 1: Understanding the nexus and nexus challenges: examples from the NENA region

Session 2: Tools and Methods to find Nexus Solutions: Examples from Morocco and Jordan

Session 3: A Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon

Session 4: The WEF Nexus on the ground: practical applications from the Maghreb and West Africa

Session 5: Selected experiences with WEF Nexus decision-making: applications in Jordan and Morocco

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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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Refined Foods May Impede Benefits of Mediterranean Diet, Study Finds

Refined Foods May Impede Benefits of Mediterranean Diet, Study Finds | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Participants adhering more closely to a Mediterranean diet experienced slower rates of cognitive decline than those who consumed more refined foods typical of the Western diet.

Individuals who had a high Mediterranean diet score compared to those who had the lowest score were equivalent to being 5.8 years younger in age cognitively.- Puja Agarwal, nutritional epidemiologist, Rush University

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Coronavirus: The foods we are all eating during lockdown

Coronavirus: The foods we are all eating during lockdown | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

With most of us stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, our eating habits have had to change. Meals out have been impossible, and we've all been having to eat from home. So what have we been eating and which firms have been benefiting?

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FOOD: Almost 1 Billion Tons of Food Is Wasted Each Year, U.N. Report Finds

FOOD: Almost 1 Billion Tons of Food Is Wasted Each Year, U.N. Report Finds | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

report published by the United Nations estimates that 17 percent of the food produced globally – around 930 million tons – is thrown away each year

The quantity of food wasted is enough to load 23 million 40-ton trucks, equal to seven times the Earth’s perimeter when lined-up.

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FOOD: Turning food waste into three million meals

FOOD: Turning food waste into three million meals | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Small beginnings can lay the foundation of great success. This holds true for SA Harvest, a food rescue and distribution organisation. Ali Conn, regional manager at SA Harvest, spoke to Jeandré van der Walt about the organisation’s journey over the past year and its future plans.

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TURKEY: More food, less tourism: Pandemic affects consumer habits

TURKEY: More food, less tourism: Pandemic affects consumer habits | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Household expenses witnessed a new shift as the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a varied impact on the economy, changed consumer habits in Turkey, according to statistics. Last year, money spent on services like education and tourism decreased, while people spent more on appliances and food, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data. Still, expenses continued increasing and exceeded TL 2.9 trillion ($396 billion), a 10% rise.

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Three Mediterranean countries will need external food aid in 2021

Three Mediterranean countries will need external food aid in 2021 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

MEDITERRANEAN. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) lists forty-five countries that will need external food aid in 2021. Three of them are in the Mediterranean. 

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FAO - International Women's Day: Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security

FAO - International Women's Day: Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security in the aftermath of COVID-19, say UN food agency heads ahead of International Women's Day

6 March 2021, Rome - Hunger and famine will persist and there will be unequal recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic unless more women in rural and urban areas hold leadership positions with increased decision-making power, say the heads of the three United Nations' food agencies ahead of their joint International Women's Day event on 8 March.

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IFPRI-FAO: “Food Policies and their Implications on Overweight and Obesity Trends in Selected Countries in NENA”

IFPRI-FAO: “Food Policies and their Implications on Overweight and Obesity Trends in Selected Countries in NENA” | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

On December 17th, 2020, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) virtually launched a joint report that examines the implication of food policies, mainly trade and government food subsidies, on evolving nutritional transitions and associated body weight outcomes across selected countries in the NENA region. These countries are projected to hit alarmingly new obesity and overweight records within the next few decades.

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FRANCE: Pourquoi devrions nous changer de regard sur les produits moches ?

FRANCE: Pourquoi devrions nous changer de regard sur les produits moches ? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Cette semaine, un article publié dans Le Figaro m'interpelle : Fruits et légumes moches: pourquoi la vente en supermarché a toujours été un échec ? 

Cette initiative portée par Intermarché avait pourtant du sens. Vendre des produits moches 30% moins cher et promettre de réduire le gaspillage alimentaire, on aurait pu vraiment croire que ça marcherait.

 
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SYRIA: Food insecurity reaches record levels

SYRIA: Food insecurity reaches record levels | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The number of Syrians who lack access to sufficient food has reached a record 12.4 million, or nearly 60 per cent of the population, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Wednesday, citing “alarming” new national data.  Economic crisis, job losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and soaring food prices have added to the plight […]
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WORLD: Covid crisis is fuelling food price rises for world's poorest

WORLD: Covid crisis is fuelling food price rises for world's poorest | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Over the last year, Covid-19 has undone the economic, health and food security of millions, pushing as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty. While the health and economic impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, the rise in hunger has been one of its most tangible symptoms.

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EUROPE: Can low-income households afford a healthy diet? 

EUROPE: Can low-income households afford a healthy diet?  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
In Europe, food insecurity is still a serious concern for individual and public health. Although progress has been made in reducing undernourishment, other types of malnutrition such as obesity and overweight are on the rise. Policies that aim at improving healthy eating and addressing food insecurity tend to focus on food aid, nutritional education and financial incentives. These policies are generally not targeted at the problem of insufficient income as a key barrier to access a healthy diet.
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EUROPE, AFRICA: Food security | A future international research consortium to boost the impact of projects

EUROPE, AFRICA: Food security | A future international research consortium to boost the impact of projects | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

There are fields, such as food security, where there is strength in numbers. This is the reasoning behind a new international research consortium (IRC) currently being built, in line with the EU-Africa roadmap for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The consortium was initiated by the H2020 project LEAP4FNSSA (2018-2022), and will enable its members to coordinate their operations and generate greater impact on both continents, notably backed by an entirely new knowledge management system.

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FAO, CIHEAM & UfM: Promoting Food Systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards #2030

FAO, CIHEAM & UfM: Promoting Food Systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards #2030 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

On January 14, 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) signed a memorandum of understanding agreement (MoU) to provide a framework for collaboration to promote their common goals and objectives in accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through collaborative actions to support the shift towards more sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean region.

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