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EU contributes €15m to the fight against desert locust in Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) director-general, QU Dongyu has welcomed a €15m contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region.

18 hours ago

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings

Born in the Netherlands and brought up in Germany, it wasn't until I was 21 that I met my first coconut. It was on a beach in Thailand where I ended up during a one-year sojourn away from home, trying to grow up. With nothing better to do, I picked up a husky fruit lying in the sand, and spent the next few hours trying to open it with my bare hands. A few scratches and broken fingernails later, I managed to get to the nut's core.

By Erik Meijaard 2 days ago

Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa
Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa

In the last several months, Covid-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing, confinement, and trying to curb the pandemic have rightly been at the forefront. In the developed world, conversations have been about corporate losses and the availability of unemployment benefits.

But low-income countries experience a different reality: in sub-Saharan Africa, over 70% of workers are self-employed and a vast majority operate in the informal sector.

By Mimi Alemayehou 3 days ago

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Nespresso introduces new Ugandan coffee through Reviving Origins programme

Nespresso has introduced Amaha awe Uganda, 'Hope of Uganda', a new and seasonal coffee from the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda made possible through the company's Reviving Origins programme. Launched in 2019, the Reviving Origins programme aims to restore coffee production in regions where it is under threat.

3 Jul 2020

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