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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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Going Beyond Agricultural Production to Achieve Food Security

Washington, 14 July 2011

Targeting Gaps in the Food Supply Chain: Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet team highlights innovations in information technology, market access, and communication that improve livelihoods and food security.

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Cocoa’s Boom and Bust Cycle

Bali, 7 July 2011

A range of uncoordinated projects aimed at stimulating output in producing countries could exacerbate the damaging “boom and bust” cycle in the world’s cocoa economy, according to an International Cocoa Organization  presentation today.

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World Population Day: Agriculture offers huge opportunities

Washington, 6 July 2011

As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. As we observe World Population Day on July 11th, the good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents.

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