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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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Devaluation gardens - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger in Lebanon by growing their own crops

Devaluation gardens - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger in Lebanon by growing their own crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The covid-19 pandemic has brought no end of comparisons to Spanish flu, which raced around the globe in 1918. For Lebanon, though, that decade’s defining event was not flu but famine: years of hunger that killed half the population during the first world war. History feels newly relevant as the country tips into depression and food prices soar. Trapped at home these past months, often in their ancestral villages, some Lebanese have tried their hand at growing their own food. On a rooftop in Beirut, tomato vines crawl towards the sky. 

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Lebanon - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger by growing their own crops

Lebanon - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger by growing their own crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The covid-19 pandemic has brought no end of comparisons to Spanish flu, which raced around the globe in 1918. For Lebanon, though, that decade’s defining event was not flu but famine: years of hunger that killed half the population during the first world war. History feels newly relevant as the country tips into depression and food prices soar. Trapped at home these past months, often in their ancestral villages, some Lebanese have tried their hand at growing their own food. On a rooftop in Beirut, tomato vines crawl towards the sky. A designer spends weekdays behind a computer and weekends plucking broad beans in the mountains. Young people swap tips on what to grow and when.
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In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger - The New York Times

In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger - The New York Times | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Anger over a failing economy and unaffordable food has pushed protesters into the streets despite the coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, it seemed every conversation in Lebanon was about keeping safe from the virus. The bustling streets of Beirut were quiet; everyone wore masks and gloves and glared at anyone who coughed in public. The smell of hand sanitizers filled elevators.

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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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Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Watching a combine harvester grind through his golden wheat, farmer Yahya Mahmoud is relieved the yield looks good this year, even as a tanking economy leaves millions hungry across war-torn Syria.
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We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis

We Need a Global Stimulus Package to Avoid a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

COVID-19 has hit hard, fast, and everywhere. It is, above all, a public health crisis, but other linked crises are emerging, and none is more urgent than the pending hunger crisis. A global stimulus package is needed to protect the millions of people in low and middle-income countries who have lost their income.

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How Alleviating Risk for Farmers Could End Hunger

How Alleviating Risk for Farmers Could End Hunger | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Following years of improvement in the fight against hunger, world hunger appears to be rising again. According to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018, the proportion of undernourished people globally increased from 10.6 percent in 2015 to 11 percent in 2016. This translates to 815 million people experiencing hunger in 2016, compared to 777 million people in 2015. The villains of this concerning trend reversal are likely conflict, drought, and climate disasters. The broader challenge we face is that smallholder farmers often find themselves in a poverty cycle; they cannot risk adopting new innovations that may improve their productivity, so they continue year after year producing little food.
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