Scientists Draw up Guidelines to Help Agri-food Companies Align with 2030 Agenda

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Food Security and Nutrition

Dominic Kimara, the farm manager at an agri-food company, stands in a rice field grown using conservation agriculture technique. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

AMURU, Uganda/NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 2020 (IPS) – In Amuru district, 47 kilometres from Gulu town in northwestern Uganda, the Omer Farming Company has proven that it is possible to farm on thousands of acres of land using methods that conserve the environment and its biodiversity.

On a 5,000 acre piece of land, the company is growing upland rice with a yield of up to 3.5 metric tons per acre, using the conservation agriculture method.

“We do not plough the field, and we do not use

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Coping with pandemic: How to draw your mental health road map in the Bay Area

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the countless stresses are taking a toll on the mental health of many in the Bay Area.

Those who were already struggling are likely dealing with even more distress. According to a CDC survey this summer, more than 40% of Americans are experiencing issues related to depression, anxiety and substance abuse because of the pandemic. In the 18-24 age bracket, 1 in 4 report serious suicidal thoughts, the CDC reported.

Twenty-five percent of young adults rated their mental health as fair or poor, according to the latest COVID Response Tracking Study by NORC at the University of Chicago. Psychologists say disordered eating has gone up too, especially among teenagers.

And in the past month, the hazards of California’s wildfires and horrible air quality have only compounded the physical and emotional challenges.

It can all seem overwhelming, but help and support are within reach. There’s

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