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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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Agricultural coops key to reducing hunger and poverty

Rome, 31 October 2011

Smallholder farmers gain big benefits from agricultural cooperatives including bargaining power and resource sharing that lead to food security and poverty reduction for millions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stressed today on the occasion of the  launch of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 (IYC) in New York.

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Expert panel publishes reports on price volatility, land tenure and farmland investment deals

Rome, 17 October 2011

A High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition operating under the auspices of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has released two new reports on Price Volatility and Food Security and Land Tenure and International Investments in Agriculture.

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IDF and FAO Guide to Good Dairy Practice

Brussels, 4 october 2011

In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Dairy Federation (IDF) has produced a revised Guide to Good Dairy Farming Practice. The Guide advises dairy farmers on how to develop sustainable management systems. This has become a top priority as the social and environmental aspects of milk production are increasingly in the focus of consumers and producers.

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Broken Markets - How regulation can help prevent another global food crisis

London, 13 September 2011

A new report from the World Development Movement - Broken Markets - seeks to counter the arguments put forward by those sceptical of the influence of financial speculation on rising food prices. It shows how financial speculation has boomed, turning commodity derivatives into just another asset class for investors, distorting and undermining the effective functioning of agricultural markets.

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IGC: Grain Market Report

London, 25 August 2011

After a turbulent July, export prices of grains and oilseeds mostly strengthened in the past month as bullishness linked to crop uncertainties, especially in the US, mostly overcame the generally negative global financial sentiment and steep declines in equities. The dominant concerns were about the tightening outlook for maize and higher quality wheat, as well as the impact of national policy measures on Asian rice export prices. Heavy buying of Black Sea region grain narrowed the price gap with other origins.

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Meat-eating to push India to double corn yields in 10 yrs

London, 20 August 2011: Reuters

Corn yields in India, Asia's second-largest grower, could double over the next decade, a top industry official said, possibly compensating growing domestic animal feed demand and maintaining the country's position as a cheap supplier to Asian customers.

 

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Asia drives global sugar demand

London, 11 August 2011

Demand for sugar is being led by Asia, a trend that has recently become apparent in the physical market. 2012 will see Russia’s import needs clearly surpassed by Indonesia, China, Malaysia and a number of the large refineries in the Middle East, according to Czarnikow Group, one of the most respected names in agricultural commodity markets.

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Food Price Volatility and Speculation: Report

Nice, London, 26 July 2011

In a new EDHEC-Risk Institute position paper, “A Review of the G20 Meeting on Agriculture: Addressing Price Volatility in the Food Markets,” Hilary Till, Research Associate with EDHEC-Risk Institute, and Principal of Premia Capital Management, examines food price volatility in the context of the G20 meeting of agriculture ministers.

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Ethanol to edge pigs for corn use, but not quite yet

Washington, 20 July 2011: Reuters

Ethanol appears almost certain to win the food-versus-fuel contest in the United States. But not just yet. The Agriculture Department forecast that a tad more corn will be used to make ethanol than to feed livestock this year may be a false milestone: ethanol makers say they won't use that much corn while producing a record amount of the biofuel, hewing to a more efficient conversion rate.

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