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Family Farming

Rachel Cheng This year 2014 was named the “International Year of Family Farming” (IYFF) by the UN highlighting the important role of family-managed small-scale farming in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods,...

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Food Safety Issues of Street-Vended Foods

Ilaria Proietti Street-vended foods (or street foods) are becoming an indispensable component of the food system in many cities of developing countries, increasingly emphasized by the rapid urbanization process, and significantly contribute to the food security of...

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Fast foods and health dangers in Nigeria

Source: In the last decade, the significant increase in obesity, certain types of diabetes and related heart diseases in Nigeria hasraised critical issues related to fast foods, their high fat content, calories and possibly poisoning and hygiene related...

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The water disaster in the Niger Delta

Orish Ebere Orisakwe Protecting drinking-water resources is a key factor in preventing health effects: waterborne disease might claim both infectious and toxic exposure, thus contributing the onset of severe diseases. In Nigeria it is estimated that water supply and...

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Initiatives for food safety and security in Africa

Chiara Frazzoli The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) pointed out that "there is no safety net like food security": agricultural growth is more effective in reducing poverty levels than expansion in other sectors, as well as to reverse...

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Nigeria Bans 30 Pesticides After Deaths

Source: Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the sale and supply of 30 agrochemical products, according to the Nigeria-based Vanguard news service. NAFDAC Director-General, Dora Akunyili, said...

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Imported Appliances Threaten Environmental Safety in Nigeria

The federal government has disclosed that the legal and illegal importation of used electrical electronics appliances into the country is creating serious human and environmental problems. The potentially hazardous nature of electronic waste due to elements like...

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