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15/10/2021

More than 3 Billion People (almost 40% of the World’s Population) Cannot Afford a Healthy Diet

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World Food Day –  16 October 2021

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15 October 2021 (FAO)* — An agri-food system is a complex term that may seem far from your reality, but do you know our lives depend on them? Every time you eat, you participate in the system. The food we choose and the way we produce, prepare, cook and store it make us an integral and active part of the way in which an agri-food system works.

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15/10/2021

Need for a ‘Lifesaving’ Transformation of Food Systems, Urgent

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World Food Day – 16 October 2021

© UNICEF/Bektur Zhanibekov | A mother helps her three-year-old girl eat porridge at home in Kyrgyzstan.
 
15 October 2021 (UN News)* World Food Day is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat to everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve food security around the world”, the UN chief said in his message marking the day on Friday.

World Food Day is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat to everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve food security around the world”, the UN chief said in his message marking the day on on 15 October 2021.

15/10/2021

‘Across the World, Food Systems Depend on the Daily Work of Rural Women’

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By UN Women*

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Across the world, food systems depend on the daily work of rural women. They play a variety of essential roles, from raising crops and processing their harvest, to preparing food and distributing their products, ensuring that both their families and communities are nourished.

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15/10/2021

‘Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All”

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Farmers care for their apple gardens thanks to modern drip irrigation technologies they got with support of a FAO project in Uzbekistan. PHOTO:©FAO/Rustam Shagaev

15 October 2021 (United Nations)* — Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

On average, women make up more than 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, ranging from 20 percent in Latin America to 50 percent or more in parts of Africa and Asia.

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15/10/2021

‘Invest in Gender Equality to Reduce Climate Change Impacts on World’s Poorest’

Rome, 15 October 2021 (IFAD)*We need a significant boost in investments to close the gender gap otherwise rural communities will never bounce back from the impacts of climate change, warned Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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12/10/2021

Disparities in Poverty Between Ethnic Groups and Across Genders Show Why We Need to Dig Deeper into Poverty Data

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LONDON, Oct 12 2021 (IPS)* – During the pandemic, we learnt a new word – at least I did: comorbidity. It means that one or more additional conditions co-occur (all happen at the same time for a person) alongside a primary condition – in this case the virus.

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And we learnt that when a person has significant comorbidities, the path of the virus can be tragic.

We therefore learned to be highly alert for diabetes, for lung conditions, and medical histories, and to protect vulnerable people in our circles carefully.

As time went on, our circle of attention expanded – to handwashing, to overcrowding, to water and nutrition, or informal work – or risks like domestic violence, that make lockdown unbearable.

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12/10/2021

Use of Fossil Fuels Must Stop

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The IPCC Report

The 4,000-page report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was not due to be released until February, 2022, but a copy was leaked to Agence France-Presse.

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The report calls for a total transformation of our way of life if we wish to avoid catastrophe.

The window of opportunity is closing rapidly. Urgent action must be taken within less than a decade.

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The report states that,

“We need transformational change operating on processes and behavior at all levels: individual, communities, business, institutions and governments. We must redefine our way of life and consumption.”

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12/10/2021

What You Need to Know about the UN Biodiversity Conference

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(UNEP)* — Today [11 October 2021], world leaders are gathering in Kunming, China and virtually for the first phase of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) to agree on a new set of goals for nature over the next decade. The second phase will be held in April-May 2022 due to the pandemic.

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Nature and biodiversity loss are accelerating the triple planetary crisis we face, along with climate change and pollution waste.

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12/10/2021

“We Are Losing Our Suicidal War against Nature” – UN Chief

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(UN News)* — With more than a million species at risk of extinction, countries must work now to achieve a sustainable future for people and the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres told leaders attending the UN Biodiversity Conference, which opened on Monday 11 October 2021 from Kunming, China.

© 2019 Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT/ Georgina Smith | A Kenyan farmer has been experimenting with a range of new seeds which is helping to increase biodiversity where she lives.

“We are losing our suicidal war against nature,” he said in a video message to the meeting, which is mainly being held virtually. 

12/10/2021

‘Trade Can Play a Pivotal Role in Addressing Climate Change’

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(UN News)* — Economies in the Asia-Pacific region need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including to maintain their trade competitiveness as carbon taxes at borders threaten to rise, according to a new United Nations report.

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UN Photo/Kibae Park | Climate friendly transportation is one of the proposals of the report
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Around 16 million new jobs could be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, manufacturing and construction industries in the Asia-Pacific region, more than compensating for the estimated loss of five million jobs by downscaling industries.
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