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Innovation is the essential ingredient to steer F&A companies

London, 13 October 2014

Global food & agribusiness (F&A) faces a remarkable conundrum according to a new report from Rabobank. Right now the sector is struggling in an operating environment characterized by slow growth, soft demand and ample supply, which in combination are challenging business confidence. Yet the sector has a bright future.

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Good harvests and ample stockpiles continue to drive international food prices down

Rome, 9 October 2014

Biannual FAO Food Outlook report and new Food Price Index released: Global wheat production in 2014 is projected to reach a new record. Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report and a new update to the Organization's monthly Food Price Index, both out today.

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First facility to commercially produce ethanol from corn waste

London, September 2014

This week in energy we’re looking at the grand opening in Iowa of the first facility to commercially produce ethanol from corn waste products as proof that we don’t need to divert corn from the food supply or livestock feed, writes James Stafford.

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New Monthly Series Launched On Forgotten traditional Crops

Rome, August 2014

All over the world local varieties of fruit, vegetables and grain are grown. Many are seemingly forgotten or are underutilized despite having outstanding nutritional or taste qualities, or being suitable for those with food intolerances. Some could be an excellent cash crop for a smallscale or family farmer. In 2013, the Andean super grain quinoa became a sensation.

Read more: New Monthly Series Launched On Forgotten traditional Crops

International investors develop agriculture investments strategies at GAI Asia

Danvers, Mass, August 2014

As interest in agriculture as an emerging investment class heats up around the globe, the fourth annual Global AgInvesting (GAI) Asia conference returns to the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, September 23-25, bringing substantive industry knowledge and new perspectives to a region where the pace of investments in the food and beverage sectors has picked up dramatically within the last 12 months, particularly in China.

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Investment and innovation required to meet food demand

London, 28 July 2014

A survey on food and agri-businesses by global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright, entitled Risks and opportunities in a changing global market, reveals that the fundamentals of supply and demand are causing concern. Increasing consumption in emerging markets, climate change and natural disasters affecting supply, and urbanisation in emerging markets leading to a decline in the agricultural workforce are seen as significant factors.

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Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

Cambridge, Mass, July 2014

Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution — specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops.

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OECD and FAO see lower farm prices; livestock and biofuels outpacing crop production

Rome, 11 July 2014

The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO.

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Food Price Index down for the second consecutive month

Rome, June 2014

The FAO Food Price Index was down for the second consecutive month in May, continuing its retreat from the 10-month high it experienced in March. Prices fell as generally ample supplies weighed on international prices for most commodities included in the Index.

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Nominations for outstanding women in ag sought

Danvers, May 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for consideration for the Demeter Award of Excellence, which acknowledges the outstanding achievements of women in the ag sector. The awards will be presented at the third annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, hosted by HighQuest Group, this year in New Orleans, October 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency.

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