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Next U.N. food chief must tackle hunger 'emergency'

Apr 04 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As candidates jostle to head the United Nations' multibillion dollar food agency, experts called on Thursday for a strong leader to tackling rising hunger and climate change threats.

Climate, conflicts set to plunge millions into food crisis

Apr 02 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food crises will affect tens of millions of people across the world this year, researchers warned on Tuesday, after war, extreme weather and economic woes in 2018 left more than 113 million in dire need of help.

Urban middle class may offer lifeline to rural Africa

Mar 27 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rise of an urban middle class across much of Africa is stoking demand for food that could curb hunger and cut poverty in rural outposts, a U.S.-based think tank said on Wednesday.

Italian dream over, trafficked Nigerian sets sights on home

Feb 28 2019

ASTI, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the five months it took Becky to reach Italy from Nigeria, she was jailed, raped at gunpoint, forced into an abortion, nearly drowned at sea and saw several fellow travelers die.

The coffee farmers betting on blockchain to boost business

Feb 17 2019

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a bustling street near the shiny new international airport in Ethiopia's capital is a small coffee roastery with big dreams. 

With fruits and green shoots, Tigray swaps image of famine for resilience

Feb 06 2019

RUWA FELEG, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thirty-five years after haunting images of crying, skeletal Ethiopian children shocked the world, Tigray, the region that unwittingly became a poster child for famine, is taking on a new image - that of resilience.

Watch your language: tasty words 'luring' people to healthier foods

Feb 05 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rich and zesty or low fat and vegan? Clever marketing with mouth-watering words can boost sales of plant-based dishes by more than 70 percent, experts said on Tuesday, amid a drive to cut meat intake to improve human and planetary health.

Investors call on McDonald's and KFC to step up climate change action

Jan 29 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An investor group managing some $6.5 trillion on Tuesday called on six of the world's largest fast food restaurants, including McDonald's, KFC and Burger King, to reduce their planet-harming greenhouse gas emissions and water use.

Is there a 'circular' solution to the world's food problems?

Jan 23 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The pesticide exposure, antibiotic resistance, air and water pollution and other factors caused by industrial food production could kill 5 million people a year by 2050, a new report said.

Farming insects may solve one problem but create others, scientists warn

Jan 14 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Insects have great potential as an alternative source of protein, but further research is urgently needed before mass production begins in order to avoid environment disaster, Swedish researchers warned Monday.

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