Agriculture 

Look towards agric to boost economy, farmer advises FG Features

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to look towards agriculture as he aims to rebound the Nigerian economy, which has largely been affected by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. Shuiab Mubarak, an agricultural investor, said, “The coronavirus outbreak has made farming and other agro sectors grow more than ever before and the need for food is increasing daily. The prices of products and other staples are getting higher every day, as there is no more room for the importation of food. Nigeria and indeed the world is depending on what is…

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Global North America 

‘Race against time’ to prevent famines during coronavirus crisis

UN calls for international solidarity to ease effects of Covid-19 on food security   Vulnerable parts of the developing world, particularly in Africa, are at risk of sliding into famine as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while humanitarian relief efforts are being hindered by lockdowns and travel restrictions, according to the UN. Experts raised the spectre of unrest similar to that seen in 2007-08 when food price rises sparked riots around the world, destabilising fragile states and fuelling conflict in ways that are still being felt. They told the…

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Global North America 

China coronavirus infections rise as some Spanish companies prepare to restart work

Largely imported new Chinese cases prompts Wuhan-style restrictions near border with Russia China has seen a rise in Covid-19 cases along its northern border with Russia, as some Spanish factories and construction sites are preparing to resume work amid other continuing restrictions. On Sunday Chinas national health commission reported 108 new infections, the highest number in more than five weeks, surpassing Saturdays 99, which was nearly double the 46 reported on Friday. All but 10 of the cases were imported, and seven of the local infections were in the Heilongjiang…

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Global North America 

Trump advisers doubt swift reopening as WHO official says virus will ‘stalk human race’

Fauci warns of resurgence if restrictions dropped too soon, after president tells Fox News he will act on facts and instinct   Senior US public health officials have pushed back on Donald Trumps eagerness to reopen the country quickly, as a senior World Health Organization (WHO) figure warned that Covid-19 is going to be a virus that stalks the human race for quite a long time to come. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, by Sunday lunchtime more than 530,000 Covid-19 cases had been confirmed in the US and…

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Global North America 

Covid-19 from the West Wing: ‘History’s verdict will be unforgiving’

I’m heading to the White House in the middle of a global pandemic not a phrase I ever imagined writing when I was a schoolboy in Britain thinking about a career in journalism. Downtown Washington resembles a deserted film set these days, most of its famed monuments and museums closed. At the White House gates, a white tent has been set up; a medical worker zaps me with a device that takes my temperature and gives me the all-clear. After passing through security, I arrive at the West Wing briefing…

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