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Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

Rome, 11 April 2014

New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.

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Ukraine’s turmoil and impact on agriculture

London, 26 March 2014

Macquarie have been closely watching the escalating situation in the Black Sea. So far, Macquarie report, the political unrest in Ukraine and the subsequent conflict with Russia have not impacted agriculture and seaborne supplies from the region. Ukrainian sea ports have operated routinely and all contracted volumes were delivered in time. Farmers across Ukraine have embarked on their spring planting campaigns, irrespective of the tense situation. "Weather is more of a concern though. But for farmers who still need to buy inputs for the fieldworks – we expect higher energy and fertiliser costs low access to credit will be a challenge," according to Macquarie's latest Agri-view.

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Higher incidence of GM contamination

Rome, 13 March 2014

The increased production of genetically modified crops around the globe has led to a higher number of incidents of low levels of GMOs being detected in traded food and feed, FAO said today. 

The incidents have led to trade disruptions between countries with shipments of grain, cereal and other crops being blocked by importing countries and destroyed or returned to the country of origin. 


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AsiaPac must increase food production to meet future demand

Ulaanbaatar, 10 March 2014

Governments in Asia and the Pacific should take some major, fundamental decisions – and soon – about ways to increase their food production and address undernourishment, FAO has warned. 

The warning comes as nearly 40 FAO member countries gathered in the Mongolian capital for the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific to examine the state of food and agriculture in the region and a number of other important agriculture-related issues. 


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FAO Food Price Index sees sharpest rise in months

Rome, March 2014

Weather-related events and increased demand came into play as the FAO Food Price Index registered its sharpest increase since mid-2012, averaging 208.1 points in February 2014. The new level is 5.2 points, or 2.6 percent, above a slightly revised index for January, but is still 2.1 percent lower than last year at the same time.

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Agriculture ‘engine of growth’ Africa needs

Rome, 29 January 2014

Agriculture must become the engine for growth that Africa needs to eradicate hunger and boost sustainable food production, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. 


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Global Ag markets getting heavier

London, 25 Janaury 2014

Macquarie commodity analysts maintain their bearish forecasts across the agricultural commodities. The recently launched MacPI (Macquarie agricultural commodity price index) is set to fall 14% in 2014, before bottoming out in 2015. Decent harvests and replenished stocks will likely remain key drivers across the grains and oilseeds. Whilst the function of price over the last three years had been to force production expansion and ration demand, the function is now to encourage stock building and disincentivise plantings for the new season.

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Finding the value route in EU bioplastics

London, January 2014

European Food & Agri companies are expected to take on key positions in the growing global market for bioplastics. Opportunities arise from their access to bioplastic feedstock, such as sugar and starch. According to a recent report from Rabobank, Bioplastics Moving to the Beet, the demand for bioplastics in the EU could in fact require 1.2 million tonnes of sugar by 2020. Some F&A companies are already involved in bioplastics supply chains, while others are still exploring the possibilities. F&A companies with ethanol production capacity may benefit from the growth of drop-in bioplastics in the short term, but in the long run, higher revenues can be expected from investing in functional bioplastics.

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Macquarie Agri-view: Key risks for 2014

London, December 2013

Macquarie highlight some of the key risks facing each of the agricultural commodities next year. In this report, they provide a cheat sheet table of our base case view, highlighting the main risks – bullish and bearish – for each commodity in the year ahead.

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Sugar Surplus Sustained: A third look at the 2013/14 balance

London, 19 December 2013

2013 is drawing to a close with a decidedly negative feel to commodity markets. The negative sentiment in the broader commodity markets correlates with a decline in growth rates in the fast growing emerging economies.

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