Andrew Brooks, Global Head of Sustainability at Olam Cocoa, explains the need to support cocoa farmers as a way to reduce deforestation, and highlights the progress that the collaborative Cocoa & Forests Initiative has seen.
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The FAO and the African Union have committed to supporting access to food and nutrition for Africa's most vulnerable, minimising disruptions, and keeping borders open on the continent for the food and agriculture trades.
The company has published its Cocoa & Forests Initiative report, highlighting key milestones achieved.
At this stage and on basis of conservative estimates, the FAO has announced that it seeks $70 million to urgently support both pest control and livelihood protection operations in order to ensure the food security of the East African region.
Stone fruit production areas such as Little Karoo from Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, through to Prince Albert, have suffered severely from the droughts, with some losing their farms, and many farmworkers without income or jobs.
New Food's Sam Mehmet spoke with Katleen Baert from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to gain an understanding of the changing challenges with mycotoxins in Europe and how industry can look to prevent contamination.
A study, led by Wageningen University, has revealed that over a third of sub-Saharan households experience severely unreliable access to food, and almost half lack diversity in their diet.
It has been reported that numerous brands of maize flour have been taken off supermarket shelves in Kenya due to potentially unsafe levels of the poisonous substance, aflatoxin.
The rural poor in Ethiopia tend to live near lower-quality markets that sell food at high prices, impacting the health of children, a study from the International Food Policy Research Institute has found.
A report by the Changing Markets Foundation has found links between some of the world’s top supermarkets and illegal, unsustainable fishing operations.
The popularity of Cannabidiol (CBD) has surged, not just in the food and beverage industry, but across many other sectors, due to consumer beliefs that it can help treat certain aliments and illnesses. But many are questioning these claims, suggesting further investigation over CBD’s effects and perceived benefits are required.
New project participants will work closely with the fishing authorities of Senegal to improve the governance of fisheries.
The market for mycotoxins testing will witness substantial growth, says Future Market Insights