New tools for reporting on world’s forest resources launched

Help countries to compile better data and increase transparency – Google partnership Aerial view of forests, Tatarstan Republic, Russia. 5 March 2018, Rome/Toluca – FAO has launched today a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world’s forest resources. The platform enables countries to increase the efficiency of their reporting process and improve the consistency, reliability and transparency of forest data. Efficient monitoring of and reporting on forest cover and land-use change is essential for monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is crucial as countries…

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South Africa’s advanced manufacturing progress in spotlight

  South Africa’s Advanced Manufacturing progress will be showcased at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show in November. Details of the event which includes an exhibition, conferences, learning tours and national awards function were announced this week. Former Council for Scientific and Industrial Research scientist Andy Radford who now spearheads a cluster for South Africa’s composites role-players, said the event would create synergy and opportunity for advanced manufacturing business. “While manufacturing remains an essential part of South Africa’s economy – contributing around 19% of GDP, our efforts towards…

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Recall of listeriosis-linked products ‘well advanced’ – Enterprise Foods

Polokwane – Enterprise Foods confirmed on Friday that it had received a report from the Department of Health confirming the presence of the Listeria monocytogenes ST6 (LST6) strain it its Polokwane factory. The company said it received the report on Thursday after environmental swabs were taken at the factory on February 2. “We are directing all our efforts, energy and time to determine how this could have occurred,” Tiger Brands CEO Lawrence MacDougall said in a statement. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday that the outbreak of listeriosis –…

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