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Agriculture & Softs Reports

China’s Impact on Global Agriculture

Boston, May 2013

The article produced by Global AgInvesting Research & Insight, and just released in Alternative Emerging Investor magazine, highlights how important the events in China are to the global agricultural sector. The five-page article, “China’s Impact on Global Agriculture,” can be read in the premiere issue, debuting today at www.aeinvestor.com

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Agricultural Forecasts - Grains & oilseeds to follow the softs

London, 17 May 2013

Macquarie Research have updated their 2012/13 and 2013/14 forecasts across the agricultural markets. The focus is now on the outlook for the new crop, which, despite yield risks associated with delayed plantings, should still lead to lower prices later this year. Old crop values should hold steady as physical availability remains tight, but anticipation of a rebound in crops around the world will help replenish supplies, putting pressure on new crop prices.

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Shared Harvests: Agriculture, Trade and Employment

Geneva, 14 May 2013

A new book edited by UNCTAD and the International Labour Organization (ILO) stresses that agricultural trade can be an opportunity for creating jobs and alleviating poverty around the world. Shared Harvests: Agriculture, Trade and Employment was released today. The book, which resulted from research coordinated by UNCTAD and the ILO and financed by the European Union, urges that higher policy priority be given to farming. It is based on a collaboration between UNCTAD and the ILO, as well as on a technical cooperation project entitled, “Assessing and addressing the effects of trade and employment,” managed jointly by the European Commission and the ILO.

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Czarnikow Sugar Review

London, 20 March 2013

Czarnikow Sugar Review: Consumption Statistics, the Production Surplus and the Market - The surprising thing about the sugar market today is that all analysts are in consensus: The sugar balance sheet is in surplus and stock levels are rising.

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China oilseed processing report

Boston, March 2013

The just-released, in-depth report entitled Bringing Transparency to the Chinese Oilseed Processing Sector is now available for sale through Global AgInvesting Research & Insight (www.globalaginvesting.com/ResearchInsights/detail?contentid=2517).

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Farm Animal Welfare: Report

London, February 2013

A ground-breaking report reveals that farm animal welfare is not being properly managed and reported by the food industry. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, the first structured benchmark of the world’s leading food companies, provides an objective account of the state of farm animal welfare as a business issue. The benchmark of 68 global food companies reveals that many companies in the food industry are not effectively managing the business risks or opportunities associated with farm animal welfare, and that a majority have yet to report on how they are managing farm animal welfare.

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Transforming the Food & Agri Supply Chain

London, 14 February 2013

Rabobank Report: The operating environment for F&A companies is becoming increasingly complex as new external influences compound traditional pressures like rising agri commodity prices. In this report, Rabobank addresses the flaws in the current F&A supply chain structure that leave the sector ill equipped to respond to this new complexity. It calls for the industry to transform the way supply chains are organized, by adopting longer-term supply agreements and, cooperative relationships with upstream and downstream partners. The report identifies the dedicated supply chain model as the best next step for F&A companies. This structure has the potential to revolutionize the F&A industry by making it more productive, innovative, safe and sustainable; all of which will be vital if the sector is to deliver food security to a future global population of 9 billion.

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Cotton oversupply to continue: Cotlook

London, January 2013

Cotton Outlook figures continue to indicate oversupply, despite recovering consumption. Adjustments to Cotton Outlook’s world supply and demand estimates during the past month imply an addition to world stocks of 3,529,000 tonnes at the end of the 2012/13 season, compared to 3,617,000 indicated a month ago.

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Global Food: Waste Not Want Not

London, 10 January 2013

The tragedy of waste: A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food.

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'Cotton trade' history now online

London, 8 December 2012

From small beginnings to an industrial revolution: You can now access a new and comprehensive 'cotton trade' history timeline via the International Cotton Association’s (ICA) website. A valuable resource for academics and anybody interested in the cotton trade, the site contains the history of the evolution of the ICA and the cotton industry.

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