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WOMEN empowerment and peer support in the wine industry: community and resilience

WOMEN empowerment and peer support in the wine industry: community and resilience | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Whether they are winemakers, winery owners, cellar managers or sommeliers, women entrepreneurs are increasingly entering the wine industry, evolving in this traditionally masculine world. This trend is noticeable in both the old world and new world wine-producing countries.
Over the last three years, we conducted several studies and conferences in South Africa and France that provided a range of observations and analysis.

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Italy: Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves

Italy: Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Olive grow­ers are cel­e­brat­ing ​“a sign of hope and rebirth” after har­vest­ing healthy olives from trees recently rein­tro­duced to the Xylella fas­tidiosa-rav­aged region of Puglia.
Farmers from Casarano, a com­mune located close to Lecce at the heel of Italy’s boot, have har­vested olives from their two-year-old trees belong­ing to the Favolosa cul­ti­var (or Fs-17).

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Malta: Drought dries up grape production

Malta: Drought dries up grape production | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
This year’s grape harvest was 25% lower than the average crop yield because of the very little rain, with the rain being so abundant the few times it poured that it actually did more harm than good, according to one of Malta’s main wine producers.
Marsovin chief executive Jeremy Cassar sai
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Italy: Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Olive Oil Producers

Italy: Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Olive Oil Producers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Heavy rains, hail­storms and other extreme weather events have wreaked havoc in Italy over the past few weeks, caus­ing severe dam­age to olive trees, grape vines and a num­ber of other crops.
In the north of the coun­try, thou­sands of olive trees have been dam­aged by strong storms. Citing data pro­vided by the European Severe Weather Database (ESWD), the Italian farm­ing asso­ci­a­tion, Coldiretti, said that the coun­try has expe­ri­enced up to nine storms per day, severely impact­ing many farm­ing oper­a­tions across the coun­try.

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Egypt: “Beyond COVID-19: Strengthening Climate Resilience in Egypt’s Agricultural Sector”

Egypt: “Beyond COVID-19: Strengthening Climate Resilience in Egypt’s Agricultural Sector” | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of the importance of a resilient agricultural sector for food security and livelihoods. In fact, the agri-food system has been critical in many countries to cushion the negative impacts of the current crisis on economic growth, jobs and household incomes, including in Egypt. However, the changing climate is posing a significant threat to the future of agriculture in Egypt and solutions as to how to make the agricultural sector climate resilient are urgently needed.

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Portugal: Pandemic benefits Algarve citrus 

Portugal: Pandemic benefits Algarve citrus  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The Covid-19 pandemic has benefited the Algarve citrus industry with an increase in demand and prices.
José Oliveira, president of AlgarOrange, which brings together nine companies and associations of citrus growers from all over the Algarve, told Lusa that this is one of the sectors that “has suffered least from the pandemic” and that the summer varieties of orange are being sold “at practically twice” the price of the previous year.
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Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers

Lockdown Extension Adds to Setbacks for Italian Producers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The extension, in an area that was mostly spared by the virus outbreak that ran wild in northern Italy, has prompted local institutions to call on the central government to let their region set its own course of economic recovery.
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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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A Istanbul, des seniors confinés font leurs courses à l'ancienne

A Istanbul, des seniors confinés font leurs courses à l'ancienne | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
"Un kilo de bananes, s'il vous plaît !", crie la dame octogénaire à l'adresse d'un marchand de primeurs de son quartier à Istanbul depuis la fenêtre de son appartement du 4ème étage, avant de faire descendre un panier en osier à l'aide d'une corde.
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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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Could Abandoned Agricultural Lands Help Save the Planet?

Could Abandoned Agricultural Lands Help Save the Planet? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Agriculture’s global footprint is decreasing — more land globally is now being abandoned by farming than converted to it. This, some researchers contend, presents an opportunity for ecological restoration that could help fight climate change and stem the loss of biodiversity.
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Gaza farmers grow lettuce without soil –

Gaza farmers grow lettuce without soil – | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

In the besieged Gaza Strip, where the water desalination plant has been badly affected by the fuel shortage, this new technique of agriculture also allows the pair to use less water than would be necessary in traditional farming methods.
While the weather conditions in Gaza are now suitable for the growth of lettuce, the siblings are looking to introduce systems in which they can cultivate fruits and leaf crops for the local market, making this the first such project in the Gaza Strip.

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Eradicating hunger and climate change in Uganda: The role of crop trees

Eradicating hunger and climate change in Uganda: The role of crop trees | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

With increasing demand for land for settlement, agriculture and industrial development has resulted in the destruction of natural resources and forests are no exception. The FAO estimates that global net forest loss is 3.3 million hectares per year, much of which is to make room for agriculture. More so for one out of every three people worldwide wood is the major source of energy for cooking food and sterilising water.

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SYRIA: Impact evaluation of complex agricultural interventions in humanitarian settings

SYRIA: Impact evaluation of complex agricultural interventions in humanitarian settings | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Click here to register for the final installment of the Webinar Series. We are excited to enrich the Home Garden for Resilience and Recovery  (HG4RR)  network with a three-part series of virtual talks about the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions in development and emergency settings. Experts and researchers from partnering organizations will speak […]
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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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Transforming Africa’s Agriculture by Tony Blair

Transforming Africa’s Agriculture by Tony Blair | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Strengthening Africa’s agriculture systems will not only make the continent more self-reliant and resilient to future shocks, but will also boost global health, prosperity, and security. The international community therefore has both moral and self-interested reasons to support this process.

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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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Entre pandémie de coronavirus et crise économique, le retour à la terre des Libanais

Entre pandémie de coronavirus et crise économique, le retour à la terre des Libanais | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Dans une tribune signée dans le Washington Post le 20 mai dernier, le Premier ministre libanais Hassan Diab met en garde contre une crise alimentaire majeure au Liban. 


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Coronavirus: Egypt hopes agricultural exports will salvage pandemic-hit economy

Coronavirus: Egypt hopes agricultural exports will salvage pandemic-hit economy | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The agriculture sector in Egypt, which has suffered neglect over many decades, has found a silver lining in the coronavirus pandemic. The disease outbreak has disrupted the supply chain around the world, with major producers finding it either difficult to send their crops to foreign markets or unable to satisfy demand in local markets. This has opened up a window of opportunity for Egyptian agricultural products in foreign markets, including those that were difficult to enter in the past because of fierce competition with products from other countries.

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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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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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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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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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How Crowdsourcing Seeds Can Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

How Crowdsourcing Seeds Can Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
In Ethiopia and other developing nations, scientists are working with small-scale farmers on trials to see which seed varieties perform best in changing conditions. These initiatives are enabling farmers to make smarter crop choices in the face of rising temperatures, drought, and more extreme weather.
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