Tuesday, October 11th 2011 - 08:15 UTC

Food high prices and volatility to continue; investment in agriculture critical, says UN

FAO calls for promotion of private investment and increases farm productivity

Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the United Nations' three Rome-based agencies said in the global hunger report published Monday.

Thursday, October 6th 2011 - 22:10 UTC

FAO anticipates ‘tight’ cereal markets in 2011/12 and lower prices

The monthly food price index fell 2% in September mostly on lower prices for grains sugar and oils

Despite improved production prospects, world cereal markets are likely to remain fairly tight in 2011/2012, FAO announced this week. Prices on the other hand will tend to decline as a result of softer demand because of worsening economic conditions.

Thursday, October 6th 2011 - 02:32 UTC

Falklands and Punta Arenas work to establish closer agriculture technical links

Andrew Pollard Senior Agriculture advisor

Representatives from the Falkland Islands Agriculture Department and private sector visited Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile to establish closer commercial, technical and academic links related to farming development.

Thursday, October 6th 2011 - 01:55 UTC

“Mercosur won’t destroy European agriculture”, says EU business lobby

Van den Hoven believes the EU could help Brazil further develop agriculture

The head of Business-Europe International Relations said Wednesday that a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur “would not destroy European agriculture” in spite of fears from farmers.

Tuesday, October 4th 2011 - 06:45 UTC

EU farm losses from trade deal with Mercosur ‘would range 1 to 3 billion Euros’

The sector most affected would be the meat industry

European Union farmers could suffer losses ranking from one to three billion Euros if a trade agreement is finally agreed with Mercosur according to a European Commission evaluation paper on the impact.

Friday, September 30th 2011 - 01:47 UTC

Cuba replacing Sugar Ministry for a holding company ‘efficiency oriented’

Once sugar king, since the fall of the Soviet Union the harvest has plummeted from 8 million to 1.5 million tons

Cuba is closing its once powerful Sugar Ministry in favour of a state holding company charged with pulling the sector out of a long decline, official media announced on Thursday.

Thursday, September 29th 2011 - 06:12 UTC

Ecuador land of exquisite cacao, major sponsor at Chocolate Week in London

One of the top-producing cacao countries in the world

Ecuador has been announced as a major sponsor and exhibitor of the National Chocolate Week in London, the UK’s biggest and most indulgent chocolate celebration.

Wednesday, September 28th 2011 - 00:58 UTC

Argentine 2010/11 crop a “historic record” breaks 100 million tons benchmark

 The area planted with grains and oilseeds was almost 34.5 million hectares

Argentina 2010/2011 crop reached 102.082 million tons of grains and oil seeds, a ‘historic record’, according to an official release from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Saturday, September 17th 2011 - 05:07 UTC

Mercosur consolidates as leading soybean region with 52% of world’s production

By 2020 the region should be producing an additional 50 million tons

In twelve years Mercosur has consolidated as the leading region in soybean production with 52% of the world crop and the potential to further expand area and yields.

Monday, September 12th 2011 - 05:35 UTC

Latest estimates indicate Brazil is heading for another record grains crop

Agriculture minister Mendes Ribeiro Filho, Brazil a world food supplier super power

Brazil latest harvest (2010/2011) should reach 162.9 million tons of grains and oilseeds establishing a new record according to the latest release by the National Supplies Company, Conab.


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