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Rabobank Outlook for Global Dairy Industry

London, February 2012

A new report from Rabobank's global Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory department examines the global dairy industry, forecasting growth that will be enviable but uneven, and skewed to emerging markets. In the report, titled "Global Dairy Outlook: Show me the money" Rabobank says that the global dairy market will offer strong growth prospects in the coming five years, but the uneven spread of this market expansion and an era of elevated pricing will create as many challenges as opportunities for key players along the dairy supply chain.

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Average palm prices to fall after 3 years of gains

Kuala Lumpur, 18 January 2012

Average palm oil prices are set to decline in 2012 for the first time in three years, squeezed by ample supply from Southeast Asia and faltering demand as global growth weakens because of Europe's debt crisis. A median poll of 25 analysts tracking top palm oil producers Indonesia and Malaysia showed 2012 price expectations for the tropical oil stood at a median 3,000 ringgit ($960) per tonne, unchanged from a survey conducted in July.

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Agriculture white paper to show China food security concerns

Beijing, 13 January 2011: Reuters

China's annual white paper on agriculture will focus on technology to boost food output rather than the farm income or rural development issues of previous years, underlining the country's concerns about its ability to feed itself.

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La Nina, low stocks trigger corn, soy volatility

Oxford, UK, 5 January 2012: Reuters

Global corn and soybean stocks remain low, leaving both commodities vulnerable to the threat posed by the La Nina weather phenomenon to production in Argentina and southern Brazil, U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist Joseph Glauber said on Wednesday.

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World Agriculture: Gaining Control in an Era of Scarcity

London, December 2011

Agricultural producers, agri-businesses, retailers, and trading companies face significant challenges with current market volatility, and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. Increased world population, agricultural production, resource scarcity, and climate changes all play a part.

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Major gains in efficiency of livestock systems needed

Rome, 14 December 2011: Commodities Now

By 2050 an expanded world population will be consuming two thirds more animal protein than it does today, bringing new strains to bear on the planet's natural resources, according to a new FAO report published today.

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Top cocoa trader Olam warns of global deficit

London, 13 December 2011

Leading cocoa trader Olam International Ltd warned on Monday of a tightening global market in 2012, with supplies moving into deficit after this year's record surplus drove prices too low. Spot cocoa futures prices in New York and London surged 10 percent off their session lows after Gerry Manley, the head of Olam's cocoa division, told Reuters he expects world 2011/12 production to fall around 100,000 tonnes short of grindings. Other traders have generally seen the market as balanced.

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Corruption undermining land access, development

Rome, 12 December 2011

"Unprecedented pressures on land have been created as new areas are cultivated, taken over by expanding urban centres or abandoned due to degradation, climate change and conflict," according to a paper jointly prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and global corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI).

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"Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap

Durban, 29 November 2011

The global food system needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to succeed in feeding a growing world population, FAO said today.

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Traditional crops key to facing climate change: FAO

Rome, 14 November 2011

Traditional food crops and other plant varieties worldwide are in urgent need of protection from climate change and other environmental stresses, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, as it observed the tenth anniversary of the international treaty to protect and share plant genetic resources.

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