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Lebanon is expected to run out of bread in 2½ weeks. Pics: GettyImages/alefbet/Mo Semsem

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Humanitarian aid scrambles to circumvent Lebanon’s bread crisis

By Gill Hyslop

The head of the United Nations’ food agency said the beleaguered country – which is battling economic and political woes, the COVID-19 pandemic and a major blast that tore through its capital city – could run out of bread in about 2½ weeks.

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FAO praises China’s ‘Belt and Road’ project

By RJ Whitehead

China’s Belt and Road initiative can help achieve sustainable development goals provided it addresses the needs of millions of farmers and fishermen in the countries involved.

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China losing taste for salt, though average intake is still sky high

By RJ Whitehead

While China’s salt intake dropped by over one-fifth in a decade, it is still one of the world’s heaviest consumers, according to a Unicef-backed study that also found the country’s overall sodium intake was nearly three times WHO-recommended safe levels.

Mars has formed the first global standard for sustainable rice with the Sustainable Rice Platform

Mars announces sustainable rice partnership

By Michelle Perrett

Mars Food, the owner of Uncle Ben’s, has announced the first global standard for sustainable rice in partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).

The FAO has only raised $4.8m of its $19m target to help support Yemeni farmers and other food producers

Yemen in ‘perfect storm’, says WFP chief

By Eliot Beer

Yemen is facing a “perfect storm” of food crises as its population tackles food, water and fuel shortages, WFP’s head warned, as the agency plans a US$320m relief effort.

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