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Andean banana nations back Global Alliance Against TR4

Andean banana producing nations of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will work together with the alliance in the fight against the deadly disease

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Fusarium TR4 has now been detected in three Latin American countries and Andean banana-producing nations are backing Global Alliance Against TR4 to work together to combat this deadly disease.

TR4 is the greatest threat to the banana industry ever seen and without coordinated efforts to combat the disease, banana crops that provide a vital food source for over 400m people globally could be at risk.

The Alliance’s actions are based on three fronts: prevention and training, genetic improvement and control methods.

Source: AsiaFruit

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Keeping reefers clean

The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) has issued a Technical Bulletin (RTB-008) on the cleaning of reefer containers

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Institute of International Container Lessors (IIC) issues a bulletin on the cleaning of reefers, providing guidance on the correct cleaning products to use. Cargoes and chemicals can cause damage and deterioration to the inside of reefer containers and its components. 

Source: World Cargo News

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Use pandemic to repair broken UK and EU food system

European food systems must move on from simply feeding people to allowing consumers to nourish themselves sustainably and healthily, according to a new report

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A new report involved assessment of 27 EU countries plus the 4 UK nations and highlighted four key areas of transformation needed to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, which is a key component of the Farm to Fork Strategy, part of the European Green Deal,

The Barilla Foundation published the report, with its Head of Research, Dr Marta Antonelli commenting “Food is a powerful lever to improve human and planetary health. The EU is called to take bold action to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, healthy, inclusive and resilient food system.” 

Source: New Food magazine

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The Need for Innovation in the Middle East’s Food Supply Chain

Food security is a serious issue on a global scale, but especially so in countries that rely heavily on imports to feed the population.

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Food security is a global issue that needs coordinated action to tackle and calls for innovation in the food supply chain are becoming more urgent. 

If estimates of 10 billion to feed by 2050 with less arable land to farm and diminishing water supplies are correct, how will countries feed their populations?

In the GCC region which relies so heavily on food imports, food security is now a pressing issue.

To learn more about this issue, join us for our next online seminar Cool Logistics Middle East on 22 September 2021 by registering your interest here 

Source: Entrepreneur Middle East

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