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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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The Czarnikow Biofuels Review

London, 19 November 2012

As sugar prices fall, Brazil’s cane industry will need to re-invigorate its domestic ethanol market: Brazil is a dominant force in the global bio-ethanol. However, in recent years cane has been diverted from ethanol production towards sugar and ethanol output has fallen. This has led to a reversal of the spectacular demand growth experienced in 2007-2009, as demand has had to be rationed on a large scale.

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Sugar Prices at 20¢/lb: What now?

London, 16 October 2012

Czarnikow: Since 2008, high sugar and low corn prices have driven industrial consumers towards corn sweeteners; the average spread between corn and sugar was 3.2¢/lb in 2007 while this average stood at 15¢/lb in 2011. It has since fallen to around 7.6¢/lb currently, and while the spread is still more than double historic levels.

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50 Shades of Grain

London, 10 October 2012

With agricultural commodity prices rising as drought reduces crops in the United States and Eastern Europe, the grain market is eyeing the possibility of Russian export restrictions. Michael Swangard, partner at Clyde & Co, considers the potential implications for grain exporters.

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New global partnership to promote aquaculture in fighting hunger

Rome, 1 October 2012

A major international initiative has been launched to better understand the role of aquaculture in food security in poor countries. Bringing together a global alliance of development agencies, governments and universities, the initiative will help low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop sustainable policies for improving the livelihoods of millions of poor people.

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IGC Report, September 2012


London, 28 September 2012

International Grains Council: The IGC Grains and Oilseeds Index (GOI) is down by almost 9% from the high it revisited on 4 September. However, it remains up 17% y/y reflecting the generally tight market conditions. Maize and soyabean markets have retreated amid seasonally rising supplies and suggestions of better than previously expected soyabean yields. Wheat has bucked the trend, with the GOI sub-Index almost unchanged m/m as continued concerns about export availability from the Black Sea region and overly dry growing conditions in Australia have provided support.

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Agflation to drive food prices 15%: Rabobank Report

London, 21 September 2012

Rabobank has published a new report looking at the impact of the drought on the food and agriculture industry, and its ultimate implications for rising food prices. In the report, Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group says that skyrocketing agricultural commodity prices are causing the world to re-enter a period of "agflation" with food prices forecast to reach record highs in 2013, and continuing to rise well into Q3 2013.  Unlike the staple grain shortage in 2008, this year's scarcity will affect feed intensive crops with serious repercussions for the animal protein and dairy industries.

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Food Prices: UN appeals for swift, coordinated action

Rome, 4 September 2012

UN Agencies Statement: The current situation in world food markets, characterized by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, has raised fears of a repeat of the 2007-2008 world food crisis. But swift, coordinated international action can stop that from happening. We need to act urgently to make sure that these price shocks do not turn into a catastrophe hurting tens of millions over the coming months.

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Revised ICCO forecasts for the 2011/2012 cocoa year

London, 28 August 2012

The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised forecasts for the current 2011/2012 cocoa year and revised estimates for 2010/2011 of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans, summarized below.  The data published in Issue No. 3 - Volume XXXVIII - Cocoa year 2011/2012 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of August 2012.

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Managing water resources and safeguarding food security

Rome, 27 August 2012 - Commodities Now

New FAO framework launched: Drought in some parts of the world has hurt global grain production and contributed to food price spikes virtually every other year since 2007, highlighting the need to transform the way water is used - and wasted - throughout the entire food chain. This is one of the key messages that FAO is transmitting this week at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The annual event brings policy makers and experts from around the globe together to discuss pressing issues related to water and its management.

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