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How to secure food for the world - Fan (2012) - China Daily

A series of natural disasters in several food producing countries have lowered current and future production forecasts and driven up prices of many staples central to the global agricultural market. Much of the United States is experiencing the worst drought since the 1950s. About 75 percent of the corn and soybean production in the US is being affected by drought "considered severe or greater", as reported by the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture. The US is the world's largest producer and exporter of corn and soybean, and its export prices for the two products have increased by a record 30 and 18 percent since June, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. In India, poor monsoon may reduce rice production by 5-8 percent. A similar story is being played out in Russia, where soaring temperatures and reduced rainfall in June and July have lowered wheat production outlooks. Russia is the world's third largest exporter of wheat, and its production in 2012-13 is expected to fall by 13.2 million tons, a 24 percent drop compared with last year, according to the Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA. Global wheat prices have increased by 26 percent in the past three months. Flash floods on Russia's Black Sea coast in early July have created further export complications, causing infrastructure damage to the country's major point of grain export. In Northern China, the worst floods in 60 years have affected nearly 1 million hectares of farmland, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Agricultural production in other parts of the country has also suffered as the Yellow and Huai river regions have seen below average rainfall since the beginning of June, which has created drought-like conditions in 5 million hectares of farmland. Similar trends are being seen in other major food producing countries across the world... Several urgent actions have to be taken to address the current situation and prevent a potential global food price crisis... 


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Food crisis: The rich, the poor and the hungry

Food crisis: The rich, the poor and the hungry | Price of food | Scoop.it
Two months ago, the United States Department of Agriculture forecast the biggest maize (corn) harvest in history: 376 million tons. After two months of record heat and drought in the U.S. Midwest, it has dropped its forecast to 274 million tons.

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G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices

G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices | Price of food | Scoop.it
G20 countries are to step in to try and co-ordinate a response to surging food prices, after the worst U.S. drought in half a century devastated crops in the world’s largest agricultural exporter, the Financial Times reports.

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Agri-Cube Grows 10,000 Servings of Vegetables in a Single Parking Space

Agri-Cube Grows 10,000 Servings of Vegetables in a Single Parking Space | Price of food | Scoop.it
As the world population explodes, the big question is: how are we going to feed the world when the population hits 7, 8, and 9 billion people? It's no easy feat, but one thing's for certain: we are going to have to grow more food in less space.

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G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices

G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices | Price of food | Scoop.it
G20 countries are to step in to try and co-ordinate a response to surging food prices, after the worst U.S. drought in half a century devastated crops in the world’s largest agricultural exporter, the Financial Times reports.

 

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G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices

G20 Plans Response to Rising Food Prices | Price of food | Scoop.it
G20 countries are to step in to try and co-ordinate a response to surging food prices, after the worst U.S. drought in half a century devastated crops in the world’s largest agricultural exporter, the Financial Times reports.

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Drought devastates US crops - Impact on food prices likely to be felt around the world.

Drought devastates US crops - Impact on food prices likely to be felt around the world. | Price of food | Scoop.it

Scorching temperatures and scarce rainfall has left large swathes of the United States in drought, with the 'breadbasket states', such as Iowa and Indiana, among the worst affected. The extreme weather conditions have wreaked havoc with the nation’s crop production, particularly maize (corn) and soya beans. Given that the country is the world’s top exporter of maize and one of the largest growers of soya beans, Nature explains how the drought could have ramifications for global food supplies, and what science is doing to help.


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Romanian Wheat Crop Falls on Drought as Harvest Nears Completion

Romania’s wheat production dropped after drought damaged crops, with the harvest almost completed, the Agriculture Ministry said.


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Climate change may force India to import corn

Climate change may force India to import corn | Price of food | Scoop.it
Scientists have claimed that India and China, Asia's largest corn producers, will experience severe dry conditions due to climate change, prompting them to import corn from Tanzania which would face comparatively wet weather.

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IGC cuts sharply 2012/13 world maize crop outlook

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - The International Grains Council on Thursday cut sharply its forecast for the world maize crop in 2012/13, citing the worst U.S. drought since 1956, and saw stocks of the commodity falling to a six-year low by the end of the season.


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World in Serious Trouble on Food Front | Treehugger

World in Serious Trouble on Food Front | Treehugger | Price of food | Scoop.it
The world may be much closer to an unmangeable food shortage than most people realize.

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US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn

US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn | Price of food | Scoop.it

America's drought threatens a recurrence of the 2008 global food crisis, when soaring prices set off riots and unrest to parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, food experts warn.


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Sugar - Agriculture and rural development

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The US Drought and Global Hunger: What We Know and What We Don't

The US Drought and Global Hunger: What We Know and What We Don't | Price of food | Scoop.it
The failure of the U.S. corn harvests spells a disaster for the world's poor, but not because the poor eat our corn. They don't eat corn-fed livestock from CAFOs either, nor do they fill up at the pump with ethanol-blended gasoline.

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Economist Intelligence Unit,Latest Economic Developments for United States of America

Economist Intelligence Unit,Access the latest economic data and analysis for United States of America's economy including GDP growth from the Economist Intelligence Unit...
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FOOD: How bad is the crisis? - IRIN (2012)

FOOD: How bad is the crisis? - IRIN (2012) | Price of food | Scoop.it

Lower output forecasts for US maize and soybeans and wheat from Russia in 2012/13 have been jumped on by the international media as evidence that a food crisis is almost certainly on the way. But a range of economists and food experts are also warning against overreaction that could create panic, causing governments to apply export controls that would restrict supplies of grains. This would affect markets and push prices still higher, they say... “The crisis is not here yet,” said Shenggen Fan, director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “But if droughts in India, Russia and a couple of other major food producers become worse, we will see continued tightened food supply. Trade restrictions by these countries will make the situation worse.” Barrett notes that “Ill-advised export bans by a major exporter” could cause wheat prices to jump. “Rice harvests and stocks on hand remain reasonably good, so those markets are calm. So long as those markets remain reasonably calm, we should avoid major social problems of the sort seen in 2008 and 2011.” The crises in 2007/08 and in 2010/11 were largely created by export bans. In his take on the 2007/08 crisis, Brian Wright, professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley, said grain supplies then were sufficient “to meet food demands without such great jumps in price, had exporters and importers not panicked”, leading to a cascade of export bans and taxes that cut off importers from their usual suppliers.


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US slashes corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears

US slashes corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears | Price of food | Scoop.it
The US government slashed its forecast for drought-hit corn production by 17% on Friday, raising fears of a new global food crisis and sending some commodity prices to record levels...

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US slashes corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears

US slashes corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears | Price of food | Scoop.it
The US government slashed its forecast for drought-hit corn production by 17% on Friday, raising fears of a new global food crisis and sending some commodity prices to record levels...

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Food Security and Climate Change | Oxford Research Group

Food Security and Climate Change | Oxford Research Group | Price of food | Scoop.it

Rising food prices point to a potential crisis later this year as poor communities across the world find themselves unable to afford basic foodstuffs. The crisis now unfolding has some similarities to the major problems that occurred in 2008 that led to food riots in many countries. It also has echoes of the much more severe World Food Crisis in 1973/74. This time, though, there is mounting evidence that climate change is playing a role.


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Argentina quiere ser el primer exportador de harina de trigo | El Tribuno Salta

Argentina quiere ser el primer exportador de harina de trigo | El Tribuno Salta | Price of food | Scoop.it

La Argentina buscará ser la primera exportadora mundial de harina de trigo, tras un acuerdo entre el Gobierno y productores del sector, se informó oficialmente ayer.


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Bolivia: Cultivo de trigo cae en 44% y sólo cubrirá un tercio de la demanda

Bolivia: Cultivo de trigo cae en 44% y sólo cubrirá un tercio de la demanda | Price of food | Scoop.it

La producción nacional de trigo de este año apenas cubrirá la tercera parte de la demanda. La Anapo informó ayer que en la presente campaña, y por segundo año consecutivo, el cultivo de trigo en Bolivia cayó en 44% frente al récord de siembra obtenido en 2010.


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India: Domestic drought looms larger than global food crisis

India: Domestic drought looms larger than global food crisis | Price of food | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI, India — The prospect of a failed monsoon at home poses bigger problems for India than the spike in global prices for corn, soybeans and wheat resulting from America's worst drought since the days of the dustbowl, agriculture experts here said.


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Tate & Lyle Speciality Food Ingredients takes hit

Tate & Lyle Speciality Food Ingredients takes hit | Price of food | Scoop.it
Pre-tax profit at Tate & Lyle’s Speciality Food Ingredients (SFI) division took a hit in its first quarter from strikes in Turkey and lower volume sales in sucralose.
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Invest in a solution to the global food crisis, not its symptoms - Telegraph

Invest in a solution to the global food crisis, not its symptoms - Telegraph | Price of food | Scoop.it
For the third time in five years, the world is braced for a food crisis.

In 2008, a spike in the price of many of the world’s agricultural staples triggered riots across the developing world as the United Nations admitted that more than a billion people were hungry.


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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise | Price of food | Scoop.it
Lester R.Brown: Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that...

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