News in Brief 21 February 2020

  • Fleeing violence in Syria, families now forced to burn clothes to stay warm 

  • Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

  • UN chief offers sympathy to German people after racist shooting   

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Agricultural leaders urged to act now to avert global water crisis

With agriculture currently accounting for 70 per cent of global water usage, decision makers in the industry are being urged to strengthen efforts to tackle a looming water crisis.

The warning comes from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which says a rise in global population together with an increase in food demand means water scarcity will become more widespread.