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Growing urban middle class in Africa spurs food production that could curb hunger

Rome — The rise of an urban middle class across much of Africa is stoking demand for food that could curb hunger and cut poverty in rural outposts,The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said rural communities were in “a state of crisis”, with high poverty rates and poor services driving hunger and malnutrition.

One in five people, or more than 256-million, are hungry in Africa, according to the latest figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. But there are opportunities too, the IFPRI said in its annual report.In Africa, a growing middle class with higher purchasing power is fuelling a spike in demand for food — with an interesting twist, says IFPRI Africa director Ousmane Badiane.“They are not just asking for imported food, wine and cheese but to have traditional staples on the tables.

But they don’t want to eat them the traditional way,” he said.This has given birth to a large number of small agribusinesses that process, package and distribute such foods, creating jobs and opportunities for small farmers, he said.In Senegal, new processing technologies led to a growth in ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat millet products and reversed years of low and declining consumption of this healthy, gluten-free grain, said the report.Similarly, domestic brands of processed local dairy and grain products now have a significant presence in Ghana, Mali and Tanzania, it added.

This sector is likely to grow further, with projections that most traditional staples such as millet and cassava would be consumed in processed form within 20 years, Badiane said.The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, expected to come into force this year, would also help, he said, by allowing farmers and businesses to tap into a market of 1.2-billion people across 55 countries.Turning opportunity into reality needs technology and financing that would allow locals to innovate and compete, he said.

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New Zealand strengthens border security with new travel requirements

New Zealand has announced new travel requirements to better screen those visiting the country. NZ’s immigration bureau will implement a new tourism entry approval process that involves an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) form as well as a new tax named the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).
According to the New Zealand Immigration website, ETA aims to “improve the way travellers are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand.” The new regulation also aims to hasten border clearance and strengthen border security.
Meanwhile, the IVL is “a way for travellers to contribute directly to the tourism infrastructure they use and to help protect and enhance the natural environment they will enjoy during their stay in New Zealand,” according to the website.The following types of visitors must now request an ETA before traveling to New Zealand:Those visiting or in transit from a visa waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand If you’re traveling on a passport from a visa waiver country or a transit visa waiver country and you will be in transit through Auckland International Airport Cruise ship passengers, regardless of your nationality Permanent residents of Australia.However, there are people that no longer need to apply for this type of visa, which are:

Travellers who already hold a valid New Zealand visa,Those who are New Zealand citizens traveling on a New Zealand passport, or a foreign passport with an endorsement — for example, to say you are a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand Australian citizens traveling on an Australian passport.This new requirements take effect on October 1. The government recommends requesting an ETA well in advance of a trip to New Zealand, as it can take up to 72 hours to approve applications.

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Darren’s fast-food revolution

At the age most people start thinking about saving for retirement, Darren Love-ll changed countries and careers.He talked to Tracey Roxburgh ahead of opening his restaurant, which is full of love,New Kiwi couple off to compete for NZ New Kiwi couple off to compete for NZ Awarded Kiwi citizenship only last week, a Queens town couple are heading overseas to play ice hockey for their new country.Peak to Peak changes hands Peak to Peak changes hands After 25 years, iconic Queens town multi sport race Peak to Peak has had a baton handover.

Reports one trapped after head-on crash near Gibbston Reports one trapped after head-on crash near Gibbston Police are racing to a head-on crash between two vehicles near Gibbston. Airport company cleared to acquire disputed land Airport company cleared to acquire disputed land Queens-town Airport Corporation has been cleared to acquire a contentious piece of land, known as Lot 6, which has tied up court time for more than eight years.Lobby group near end Lobby group near endA group set up to lobby on behalf of Queenstown’s town centre will likely be wound up within months.Overnight road closure at Victoria Bridge Overnight road closure at Victoria Bridge Strengthening work is about to begin at the Victoria Bridge, on the Queens town side of the Kawarau Gorge, which will require an overnight road closure.

Scale of land sale upsets opponents Scale of land sale upsets opponentsA Queenstown resident representing a group opposed to the development of a slice of woodland above the town says he does not think people realise the scale of what is proposed.Survey of workers elsewhereSurvey of workers elsewhereWhile a visitor levy is seen as a panacea to Queenstown’s many problems, there are moves afoot to create an economy that does not rely solely on the tourist dollar.Sharing grief but feeling support-sharing grief but feeling support.The tragedy of Christchurch’s terror attack has hit him harder than most, but Ashiv Khan still considers New Zealand his home.Airport activates emergency services Airport activates emergency services.Queenstown Airport emergency services were activated yesterday morning after the pilot of a light aircraft raised concerns on approach.

Footage sought of crash down bankFootage sought of crash down bankQueenstown police are appealing for CCTV footage as they investigate a serious crash in which a woman was trapped for several hours down a bank.Car crashes into tourism premisesCar crashes into tourism premisesQueenstown police have charged a man with dangerous driving, after he allegedly crashed a car into a town centre tourism premises.Thousands gather for vigils Thousands gather for vigils in Queenstown, Wanaka”As a country we are bewildered, we are in shock, and we are in disbelief.”Accused pair granted name suppression Accused pair granted name suppressionTwo Queenstown residents charged in relation to an assault in Cow Lane last week have been granted interim name suppression.

Allegedly assaulted by gang members Allegedly assaulted by gang members Gang members are alleged to have assaulted two men in separate incidents in Queens-town early on Sunday.Car smashes into segway tour operation Car smashes into segway tour operation Queenstown Police have charged a man with dangerous driving after he allegedly crashed into a town centre tourism premises.Builder put in voluntary liquidation Builder put in voluntary liquidation.A Queens town building company has been placed in voluntary liquidation, but the licenser says all homes being built will be reassigned to another contractor.Aussie stones window over restaurant service Aussie stones window over restaurant serviceAn Australian tourist unhappy with ”the service he received” at a Queens-town restaurant on Sunday night has been charged with willful damage.

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CASUALS WANTED – PERTH

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New Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette says arts companies that ignore diversity are ‘out of touch’

In a directive from Mitch Fielded to the Australia Council late last year, the arts minister asked, as one of seven identified priorities, for the Council to …
By Kristy O’Brien Legendary Australian actor Jack Thompson juggles shooting his new film, High Ground, in the Top End and end-stage kidney failure.
Cricket must be more than growth metrics.The current cricket season is being reviewed as a failure because it has not provided heart-warming local triumph or met imagined growth metrics — but that misses the bigger picture, writes Richard Hinds.Top StoriesMajor parties hit by foreign government hackers in attack on Parliament servers.China is using bounty hunters to claw back money inside Australia Cashs former staffer knew raids tip-off would damage Shorten, court hears.Franking credits rorted on an industrial scale but Labors fix not the answer, says economist Analysis: Donald Trump called a state of emergency, but admitted it wasn’t that much of an emergencyIS bride who was OK with beheading asks Britons for sympathy I dont know where my next meal will come from: How David lost everything Accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards attacked in prison showerI dont see the point: Why many Aussies arent travelling overseas Ante Milicic announced as interim Matildas coach after Stajcic sacking Just InSports teaming up to close the gender pay gapJunior drag racer died in 85kph crash just two days after her eighth birthday Trump admits his emergency isnt much of an emergency, and Democrats agree.
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