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EU: Project Helps Growers Prepare for Challenges Posed by Climate Change

EU: Project Helps Growers Prepare for Challenges Posed by Climate Change | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The first phase of the Med-Gold project is approach­ing com­ple­tion and the results could rev­o­lu­tion­ize how olive grow­ers plan for the future.
The four-year project funded by the European Union seeks to pro­vide olive, grape and wheat grow­ers with infor­ma­tion that can be used to develop short, inter­me­di­ate and long-term strate­gies to com­bat cli­mate change and pests.

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Lebanon considers first wheat imports in six years | Business , Local | THE DAILY STAR

Lebanon considers first wheat imports in six years | Business , Local | THE DAILY STAR | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Lebanon’s government is considering importing wheat for the first time since 2014, weighing its dwindling supply of dollars against concerns that the coronavirus may threaten the nation’s food security.
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Egypt imported 10 million tonnes of wheat from nine countries since January 2018

Egypt imported 10 million tonnes of wheat from nine countries since January 2018 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

By Ahram online, 08/11/2018

A report by Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture says that Egypt has imported 10.1 million tonnes of wheat from nine countries in Eastern Europe and Asia since January.

One of the world's largest wheat importers, Egypt imported nearly 7.1 million tonnes from Russia, the report said. In second place came Ukraine at 100,000 tonnes. Cairo spends around $1.5 billion annually on wheat imports

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La France sur le qui-vive autour de la fourniture de blé à l'Algérie

La France sur le qui-vive autour de la fourniture de blé à l'Algérie | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Depuis que l’Algérie, à travers l’Office algérien interprofessionnel des céréales (OAIC), a, contre toute attente, décidé au début de l’année en cours de revoir sa liste de fournisseurs attitrés, la guerre commerciale du blé entre producteurs étrangers est déclarée. C’est également l’alerte rouge chez les colosses mondiaux du négoce de céréales.

L’enjeu est loin d’être négligeable : un marché d’environ deux milliards de dollars, où trônent, voilà bien des années, les céréaliers français, notamment dans le segment du blé tendre.

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Spanish farmers going nuts for almonds as global demand booms - Daily Sabah

Spanish farmers going nuts for almonds as global demand booms - Daily Sabah | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Surging worldwide demand for almonds is pushing Spanish farmers to replace traditional wheat and sunflower fields with almond orchards, transforming the landscape in the south of Spain
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How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were smuggled out of Syria as the bombs fell. 
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Yemen on the pathway of devastating wheat stem rust disease - News - Nature Middle East

Yemen on the pathway of devastating wheat stem rust disease - News - Nature Middle East | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Wind traveling from one continent to another is responsible for dispersing and transporting a significant amount of wheat stem rust to faraway locations. 
The deadly and devastating disease, known as wheat stem rust or black rust, covers the crop's leaves and stems with red blister-like pustules, and is caused by a fungal pathogen called Puccinia graminis.
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Egypt: Unfazed by coronavirus, Egypt's farmers harvest their wheat

Egypt: Unfazed by coronavirus, Egypt's farmers harvest their wheat | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egyptian farmers have begun to harvest their wheat without the coronavirus disruptions hitting other growers globally, and with a plea from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sell the government as much of their crop as possible.
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How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were spirited out of Syria as the bombs fell. 
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Egypt talking to banks about hedging for commodities

Egypt talking to banks about hedging for commodities | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

By Reuters, 15/10/2018

Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, is in the early stages of talks with international banks over a plan to hedge against the global rise in commodity prices, a government source said on Monday 15.

Egypt’s Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said in September his country was ready to implement an oil hedging policy but was waiting for the market to cool off. Cairo spends around $1.5 billion annually on wheat imports to stock a sprawling bread subsidy program relied on by tens of millions of Egyptians. 

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Morocco to suspend soft wheat customs duty on Nov. 1

Morocco to suspend soft wheat customs duty on Nov. 1 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Morocco will cancel customs duty on soft wheat on November 1 to ensure regular supply, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. To protect the local harvest, Morocco imposed a 135 percent customs duty which will last until October 31.

The move followed an exceptional cereals output this year of 10.3 million tonnes, including of 4.91 million tonnes of soft wheat, 2.42 million tonnes of hard wheat and 2.92 of durum. The duty cancellation would ensure regular supply "in light of the slow pace of the collection of national output", the agriculture and fisheries ministry said in a statement. It gave no details. The decision, which will enter into force after the approval of the government council, will enable importers to better plan reserves, it said.

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The wheat code is finally cracked

The wheat code is finally cracked | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

By Haley Ahlers, Kansas State University, 16/08/2018

Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), published today in the international journal Science a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely-cultivated crop.

This work authored by more than 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in 20 countries will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.

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Heat-resistant wheat will fight food insecurity and shake up the global wheat trade, say researchers

Heat-resistant wheat will fight food insecurity and shake up the global wheat trade, say researchers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A non-GMO durum wheat variety that grows in 40°C heat and matures in record time could give African food security a vital boost and forge new global South-to-South trade dynamics, ending North Africa’s dependence on Western wheat.
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Inspection battle threatens Egypt's wheat supply

Inspection battle threatens Egypt's wheat supply | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world’s largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin.
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