Archive for November 1st, 2014

01/11/2014

Biodiversity, the Hidden Jewel that Is Being Depleted at an "Alarming Rate"

Biodiversity for food and agriculture is among the earth’s most important resources, says the UN Food and agriculture Organization (FAO)*. It is indispensable: be it the insects that pollinate plants, the microscopic bacteria used for making cheese, the diverse livestock breeds used to make a living in harsh environments, the thousands species of fish, and other aquatic species in our lakes, rivers and oceans, or the thousands of varieties of crops that sustain food security worldwide.
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Source: FAO

Genetic resources are the raw materials that local communities and researchers rely upon to improve the quality and output of food production.Biodiversity and genetic resources are essential for achieving nutritional diversity in diets – a diverse food basket – which is important for human health and development.
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However, they are being lost at an alarming rate.
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Here are just few of the hard facts:

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01/11/2014

Over 620 Million Africans (Two Thirds of Population) Live Without Electricity, and 730 Million Rely on Dangerous Forms of Cooking.

Human Wrongs Watch

London, October 2014 (IEA)* — Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub‑Saharan Africa, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series.

Source: IEA

Source: IEA

More than 620 million people in the region (two-thirds of the population) live without electricity, and nearly 730 million people rely on dangerous, inefficient forms of cooking.

The use of solid biomass (mainly fuelwood and charcoal) outweighs that of all other fuels combined, and average electricity consumption per capita is not enough to power a single 50-watt light bulb continuously.

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