environment

FAO report outlines multiple challenges to future food security

Increased pressures on natural resources, rising inequality and the effects of climate change are placing global food security “in jeopardy,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns.

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Fall armyworm pest spreading fast across Africa from Americas

The so-called “fall armyworm” pest is a “new threat” to agriculture and the economy of Southern Africa which has already spread to seven countries since the beginning of the year.

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Cargo ships hit “hundreds” of whales every year: conservationist

The number of whales hit by cargo ships annually is “in the hundreds”, according to one expert in the field, taking part in a panel discussion at UN Headquarters on Thursday.

Dr Howard Rosenbaum is the director of the Ocean Giants Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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News in Brief 16 February 2016 (AM)

DRC leaders urged to conclude dialogue

Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to conclude talks related to elections scheduled for the end of the year.

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Future food “more likely to be found in oceans than on land”

If the international community can manage fishing more sustainably, then future food is “more likely to be found in oceans than on land."

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Small-scale fisheries are key to “blue growth” of seas and oceans

Small-scale fisheries account for 90 per cent of all jobs in the industry worldwide and their so-called “blue growth” is essential to make fishing more sustainable.

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East Africa drought pushing food prices up sharply

Food prices in some East African markets have almost doubled in the past 12 months because of an ongoing drought, an economist with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

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Haiti radio drama teaches people how to stay alive during disasters

A popular UN-backed radio drama series is teaching people in Haiti how to stay alive when disasters hit, the producer of the show, Christina Guerin, has said.

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“Agriculture for development” aids end of hunger, poverty by 2030

Not enough has been done yet to harness the power of “agriculture for development” in order to meet the global goals of ending hunger and poverty by 2030.

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Under-reporting of sexual abuse in India “pandemic”: youth advocate

Confronting “pandemic” under-reporting of sexual crimes and “victim-blaming” practices are key challenges in the fight against gender inequality in India.

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