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flooding in the tana river area of kenya in 2018, when 60,000 people were forced to move home

Global heating to inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods

New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events are likely to be interspersed with more crippling droughts during the growing season and these could also damage crop and food production.

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Invest in Africa’s youth before migration to Europe doubles, says UN official

With continent’s population set to soar, agriculture chief Gilbert Houngbo stresses need to make rural life profitable — Economic migration from Africa to Europe driven by poverty could double in the next decade unless urgent investment is made in job creation for young people in rural areas, the head of a UN financial body has …

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Global food system is broken, say world’s science academies

Radical overhaul in farming and consumption, with less meat eating, needed to avoid hunger and climate catastrophe — The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world. Providing a healthy, affordable, …

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A Closer Look at the Sustainability of Our Groundwater Aquifers

Researchers use a new approach to assessing the world’s largest aquifers in hopes of improving groundwater management during drought periods — The largest aquifers in the world are a vital source of freshwater for agriculture and other human uses. During times of drought, these resources are crucial to food security; understanding groundwater storage and depletion …

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Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050

An additional 290 million people could face malnutrition by 2050 if little is done to stop the rise of greenhouse gas emissions, a study finds — The increased presence of CO2 in the atmosphere could cause staple crops to produce smaller amounts of nutrients such as zinc, iron and protein, the researchers say. Using international …

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Food waste: alarming rise will see 66 tonnes thrown away every second

New analysis warns food loss is set to increase by a third by 2030 unless urgent action is taken — The amount of food that is wasted each year will rise by a third by 2030, when 2.1bn tonnes will either be lost or thrown away, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second, according to new …

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Solar geoengineering could ‘fail to prevent damage to crop yields’

Releasing aerosols into the atmosphere in order to limit the rise in global temperature would not stave off damage to crop yields, a new study suggests — Scientists have suggested that intentionally releasing aerosols into the atmosphere – a type of “solar geoengineering” – could help to limit global warming by reflecting away incoming sunlight …

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UN issues warning of climate instability across Arab region

Development agency says dry countries face ‘famine and food insecurity, loss of livelihoods and life, and the displacement of millions’ — Climate change threatens conflict and poverty in the Arab region, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a report, published on Wednesday, the agency suggested climate risks could derail development gains, such as …

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The long wait to ‘Zero Hunger’

To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill? — (MANILA, Philippines) Hunger is said to be the world’s ‘greatest solvable’ problem. This global problem, however, still persists until today. According to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute in 2017, the …

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