Saturday, October 24th 2015 - 09:11 UTC

Wealthy nations expenditure on its farmers far outstrips global food aid

Japan spends 59 times as much supporting its own farmers than on food aid and nutrition support, while EU countries spend 42 times as much

Wealthy nations spend 20 times more on farm subsidies than the US$12 billion they allocate to food aid and support for poor farmers annually, John McArthur, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, the think-tank which led the new research, said.

Tuesday, October 13th 2015 - 07:00 UTC

Brazilian recession begins to hit US companies profits and shares

“We are taking aggressive actions to address the extraordinary operating environment in Brazil,” said Pierre Brondeau, FMC president, CEO

Agricultural giant FMC is the latest company to warn about operations in Brazil and now the stock is crashing. On Monday the $5 billion agricultural company announced that it would lay off 800-850 people — saving the company about $150 million a year by 2017 — while also cutting its profit outlook for the third quarter and all of 2015.

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 23:20 UTC

Agricultural expansion main factor of Brazil's deforestation and it's expanding

 The study by IBGE, says the destruction of Amazon jungles and the savannahs of central Brazil went faster between 2010/12 that in the previous 10 years.

Agricultural expansion is the chief contributing factor to the deforestation of Brazilian ecosystems and has accelerated in recent years, according to an official study released last week.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:45 UTC

Record soy and corn crops forecasted in South America because of stronger dollar and El Niño

Soybean crop could be much bigger than the 171 million tons of last year under challenging conditions, topping the previous record by 17 million tons. 

A combination of weather, currency and political factors should result in another huge South American crop of corn and soybeans, further depressing grain and oilseed prices, says an analyst, according to a report from Canada's The Western Producer.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 11:09 UTC

France will appeal EU opt-out scheme to ban cultivation of GM crops

Monsanto's MON810 maize is the only GM crop grown in Europe, where it has been cultivated in Spain and Portugal for a decade

France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place. The European Union's largest grain grower and exporter has asked the European Commission for France to be excluded from some GM maize crop cultivation under the new scheme, the farm and environment ministries said in a joint statement.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 06:02 UTC

The British Pavilion at the Expo Prado 2015: Best in Show

 British Pavilion at the Expo Prado 2015: Best in Show

More than 75,000 people visited the British Pavilion at the Expo Prado 2015 -the largest agro-industrial exhibition in Uruguay. The Pavilion was awarded first prize in the category “Best Embassy and Chamber of Commerce Pavilion” by the Uruguayan Rural Association, organisers of the Expo.

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Falklands stall at the Prado rural show “a great surprise and greater success”

“We are very satisfied, it has been a great surprise and greater success, and a very good initiative to participate in the rural show. Hopefully we will be back” said MLA Short

The UK GREAT pavilion at Uruguay's main agri-business exhibition in Montevideo received the top prize for its category while a stall from the Falkland Islands, tended to by Islanders, is estimated to have been visited by 10% of the more than half million visitors that attended the week-long Expo-Prado.

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Falklands: “thank you” to the people of Uruguay for being so warm, welcoming and supportive

“People were genuinely interested in the Falklands, wanted to know about us, our way of life, etc.; many of them already knew a fair bit about our Islands”

A business delegation from the Falkland Islands participated in Uruguay's main agri-business show at the Prado grounds with a stall in the British GREAT pavilion. The week attendance was described as 'surprising and successful' and Falklands lawmaker Gavin Short addressed an open letter thanking all those involved in helping with the Islands' presence.

Friday, September 11th 2015 - 09:58 UTC

FAO's August Food Price Index at its lowest in almost seven years

In August, the cereal price index averaged 154.9 points, down 7.0% from July and 15.1% from last year - a decline driven by falling wheat and maize prices

International food commodity prices continued to decline in August as ample supplies, a slump in energy prices and concerns over China's economic slowdown all contributed to the sharpest fall of the FAO Food Price Index in almost seven years.

Tuesday, September 8th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

European protesting farmers promised a €500m aid package by Brussels

Farmers blocked streets with tractors near EU headquarters, where agriculture ministers were meeting. EC said it was “well aware of the difficult situation”

European Union agriculture ministers have announced a €500m aid package after thousands of farmers protested on the streets of Brussels. The mainly Belgian, French and German farmers were protesting against plummeting prices for their produce.


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