Poorest Countries Are Having Hardest Time Ramping Up Food Output

Countries that are most in need of more food to feed their impoverished populations tend to be the ones where farmers have the hardest time expanding production. In low-income nations, agricultural productivity rose at a rate of 1.24 percent annually as of 2017, according to an annual study from the Global Harvest Initiative, a research organization sponsored by Deere & Co., Monsanto Co., Smithfield Foods Inc. and other businesses and nonprofits. That’s down from last year and less than the 1.75 percent needed to meet food needs in 2050. “If agricultural productivity…

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Opec countries agree first oil output cut in eight years

Opec countries have agreed their first supply cut in eight years in order to boost the price of oil. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Opec’s president, said a cut of 1.2 million barrels a day would start from January. It comes after more than two years of depressed oil prices, which have more than halved since 2014, due to a supply glut on the market. The price of Brent crude jumped 9% to $51.57 a barrel, and US crude rose8.2% to $48.9%. According Mr Al-Sada, key non-Opec countries were party to…

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Device to detect severe neonatal illnesses tested in African countries

The neonatal period of life — the first 28 days after birth — is considered the most vulnerable of a newborns’ life, making the ability to monitor for illness or adverse health conditions significantly important. Researchers from the Center for Biomedical Innovation and Design at Johns Hopkins University found that a small device that monitors conditions quickly and easily could be a huge value in developing nations, where access to medical facilities and care can be limited. The researchers took the device, which has not been named yet, to Kenya…

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Poorest countries hit hardest as world lags behind on global education goals

The international community has not only failed to meet the education targets set out in the millennium development goals, it is also highly unlikely to meet the 2030 deadline for education laid out in the sustainable development agenda, with the poorest countries the hardest hit, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Unesco’s global education monitoring report 2016 shows that just 64 countries of the 157 tracked by the report met MDG 2, which called for every child in the world to receive a full course of primary…

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