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Sugar: Back to Surplus, and a return to Normality?

London, May 2012

Czarnikow Sugar Review: The expiry of the May’12 futures contract appears to have finally convinced the market that the sugar balance is now through the deficit period and returning to a period of normality. Hedge funds are reducing their positions as the return to normality limits potential returns, while the market more generally moves into a contango structure.

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UN adopts guidelines on "land grabbing"

Rome, May 2012

In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.

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Food price oversight

New York, April 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the need to curb the volatility of global food prices through the strengthening of oversight and analysis of international commodities futures markets to discourage the speculation that leads to price fluctuations.

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Agribusiness - Securing supply in an uncertain world

London, 15 March 2012 - Commodities Now

Norton Rose Group interviewed over 100 senior executives from organisations across the food and agribusiness sector around the world to get their views on the key issues affecting their organisations and this rapidly transforming sector.

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Securing food supply in an uncertain world

London, 8 March 2012

A new survey of food and agri-businesses by international legal practice Norton Rose Group, Securing Supply in an Uncertain World, reveals that the global agri-industry is set to receive increased investment over the next year. Two-thirds (67 per cent) of respondents are planning to increase investment in the sector over the next 12 months as increased consumption in emerging markets continues to transform the global agri-industry.

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The 2011/12 sugar surplus arrives

London, 6 March 2012

The 2011/12 season will see the sugar market to return to surplus, with the supply side of the balance sheet being the strongest it has been for years. With the production season now approaching its end, global closing stocks will rise by 7.7m mtrv. Although prices are lower than 2011 averages, they are yet fully reflect this new reality with the cash market still coming to terms with these changes, according to market experts Czarnikow.

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Firm tea prices set to continue

Rome, 29 February 2012

Early forecasts for 2012 indicate continuing firm prices for tea, which averaged $2.85 per kg in 2011, according to FAO’s Intergovernmental Group on Tea. High prices reflect the fact that demand for black tea, which accounts for most of world production, has exceeded supply since 2009, the Group reported at its recent biennial meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Germany's Rising Cost of Going Green

London, 26 February 2012

On 30 May 2011, in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster two months earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an "energy revolution" and that Germany would close all of its 19 nuclear power plants (NPPs) between 2015 and 2022, which produce about 28 percent of the country's electricity. The shortfall was to be made up with an increased emphasis on renewable energy sources. In the wake of Germany’s decision, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Italy, and many other nations declared, in one way or another, their intent to pursue a safer alternative.

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BRICs and agricultural productivity: Report

London, 22 February 2012

BRIC countries are boosting agricultural productivity thanks to investments in plant research and entrepreneurial initiatives, according to a new Economist Intelligence Unit study. The high-growth economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) are investing heavily in agricultural research, offering financial backing to farmers, promoting best practices in farming, and strengthening rural infrastructure to secure their food supplies, according to a new Economist Intelligence Unit study.

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Cotton production to decline 2012/13

London, February 2012

Cotton Outlook’s initial world production forecast for the 2012/13 season foresees a decline in cotton area of 3.3 percent (area expanded by 11 percent and around 7.0 percent, respectively, during each of the last two seasons) and a similar percentage reduction in output (versus growth of 13.6 and almost 7.4 percent, respectively). The area projection is 34,618,000 hectares, and the production forecast is 25,686,000 tonnes.

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