01 Oct, 2021

News Feed - August-September 2021

by Alessandro Balduzzi

Reforestation hopes threaten global food security, Oxfam warns

Governments and businesses hoping to plant trees and restore forests in order to reach net-zero emissions must sharply limit such efforts to avoid driving up food prices in the developing world, the charity Oxfam has warned. Over-reliance on tree-planting to offset carbon emissions could actually push food prices up 80% by 2050.

The Guardian

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Climate change threatens food security of 65 nations

Scientists have projected that millions of people in 65 nations globally, particularly those in Africa and South-East Asia and the Pacific, could face increased malnutrition as climate change and overfishing take their toll on fisheries. Climate change and overfishing could actually lead to acute shortages of vital micronutrients from the oceans.

Eco Business

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Global food systems are not thinking about women. A UN report calls for action

Gender equality and food systems are interlaced. But today’s food systems — heavily afflicted by power imbalances and inequality — do not work for most women. These power structures need to be altered for a more inclusive decision-making, the United Nations flagged in one of its ‘Action Track’ reports ahead of the Food Systems Summit in September 2021.

Down To Earth

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Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

On August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation to mark India’s 75th Independence Day. Besides other big announcements, he emphasised the need to ensure “poshan” (nutrition) to the country’s women and children and announced that, by 2024, rice provided to the poor under any government scheme will be fortified.

The Indian Express

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Climate change risks food security for Indigenous Alaskans

Researchers say climate change is impacting food security for Indigenous Alaskans – seal hunting season is shortening in some areas. The study, led by Indigenous hunters, Native Village of Kotzebue and scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, shows that the seal hunting season shrank by about one day a year.

Open Access Government

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Diseases and pests main challenges to food security in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State (South Sudan)

The directors of agricultural departments of the five counties of Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal (South Sudan) have urged their government to fight and control diseases and pests affecting crops in the state. The most notable enemies are reportedly white grubs, termites and millipedes.

Africa News

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UN migration agency launches $24 million appeal for Afghanistan

In response to the growing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a $24 million urgent appeal to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced within the country over the past two months. Priorities include shelter and non-food aid; water, sanitation and hygiene, collectively known as WASH; health, protection, and humanitarian assistance in border areas, as well as emergency livelihood support and social cohesion.

UN News

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Lack of Water Linked to 10 Percent of the Rise in Global Migration

Water deficits are linked to 10 percent of the increase in total migration within countries between 1970 and 2000. This is one of the main statements to be found in a new World Bank report released recently.

World Bank

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Climate change could force 216 million from their homes: World Bank

Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank has warned.

France 24

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Agribusiness devastates our environment

The global food system is driving environmental injustice and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The ability of communities around the world to live autonomously and harmoniously on the land to which they are tied is routinely and violently intercepted by multinational corporations in the name of conservation and food and energy provision. Yet, the same communities in the Global South are systematically denied from the harvests exported from places that have been taken.

The Ecologist

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Blue imaginaries for Green New Deals

Marine scientists, environmental economists, and politicians have argued that a global Green New Deal should meaningfully include the ocean. Proposals for a ‘blue new deal,’ or a ‘teal deal’ would integrate land- and sea-based initiatives. Advocates of an oceanic new deal indicate a number of areas where environmental sustainability and economic gain could be achieved, and “good paying, union jobs” created.

The Ecologist

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How thousands of Haitian migrants ended up at the Texas border

Gang violence, bloody protests, food and fuel shortages plus natural disasters have spurred many to leave the west’s poorest nation. Haiti– long been dogged by violence, corruption, and poverty – was thrown into further instability in July when president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in circumstances that remain mysterious.

The Guardian

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Hunger is getting worse, not better, around the globe. The pandemic didn’t help

Production and distribution systems haven’t kept pace with new threats, a new report finds. Supply chain breakdowns and covid restrictions caused consumer prices to increase and producer prices to fall at the same time, worsening food security for the urban and rural poor. 

Washington Post

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From rural drought to urban shortages: Afghanistan’s new hungry

Hunger is rising in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, and the clearest sign may be who’s now struggling to afford food: the educated, urban, and middle-class. Only five percent of Afghan households reported having enough food to eat, according to recent World Food Programme surveys. 

The New Humanitarian

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Edwin Poots wants immigration rules relaxed over farm labour shortage

Northern Ireland's agriculture minister is proposing that immigration rules be relaxed to allow Filipino meat plant workers into the UK. Some food manufacturers in Northern Ireland are facing staff shortages. The industry has been dependent on a flow of EU workers, which has stopped due to the UK's post-Brexit migration rules.


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Hungry and desperate: Climate change fuels a migration crisis in Guatemala

As Guatemala lurches between intense droughts and devastating floods — two extremes made worse by climate change — some farmers like Mendez are being forced to take drastic action, selling whatever they can or borrowing huge sums of money and leaving home. Most will move within the country, to cities in search of work, while others will join the tens of thousands of Guatemalans who each year attempt a much more treacherous journey north.

NBC News

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