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TURKEY: cities face drought as lack of rain hits water levels in dams

TURKEY: cities face drought as lack of rain hits water levels in dams | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Concerns running high as rainfall drops to five-year lows in western and central parts of the country

Mayors of the largest cities in Turkey are concerned by the lack of rainfall since the summer, which has led to very low water levels in dams and raised concerns that drinking water will become scarce and agriculture impacted.

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Australia's grain harvest to be below average

Australia's grain harvest to be below average | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Piper Delholm (The Flinders News), 29/11/2018

The Primary Industry and Regions SA (PIRSA) crop and pasture report for spring has been released and the results are saddening for our local farmers. 

After a year filled with drought like conditions and with some areas thriving, the health of crops and pastures across the state is a varied result. 

The 2018-19 harvest has fallen to an estimated 4.9 million tonnes, this was grown from 3.5 million hectares and is well below the long-term average of 7.9 million tonnes for South Australia. 

The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetsone says that the below average rainfall season had an even larger impact on drought affected areas. 

“This year we’re experiencing quite a patchy situation- some areas are experiencing very good seasons, while others are experiencing very difficult seasons”, he said. 

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Climate Variability, Drought, and Drought Management in Morocco's Agricultural Sector (English) | The World Bank

Climate Variability, Drought, and Drought Management in Morocco's Agricultural Sector (English) | The World Bank | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The World Bank, 01/10/2018

Droughts in Morocco are increasing in frequency and intensity, a trend likely to be more evident in the future with climate change. Drought damage to the agricultural sector affects both rural livelihoods and the national economy as a whole. This report considers drought impacts on cereal production, traces the government’s efforts to address drought, and suggests actions to strength these efforts. Rainfed crops, like wheat, are critical for domestic food security and livestock survival, but are also most affected by climate
variability. As such, increasing droughts represent a “contingent liability” for the Moroccan economy.
This impacts Morocco’s trade balance as agricultural exports fall and food and fodder imports rise to meet
increased domestic demand.

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To download the full report, please click here http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/353801538414553978/pdf/130404-WP-P159851-Morocco-WEB.pdf

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Climate Variability, Drought, and Drought Management in Tunisia's Agricultural Sector (report) | The World Bank

Climate Variability, Drought, and Drought Management in Tunisia's Agricultural Sector (report) | The World Bank | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The World Bank, 01/10/2018

Wheat and other rainfedcrops are critical to food security and livestock survival and are the crops most affected by climate variability. Climate change’s adverse impacts on agriculture are a contingent liability for the Tunisian economy, including for the country’s GDP, trade balance, and balance of payments. As agricultural and agro-industrial outputs fall, food and fodder imports must rise to meet domestic demand. Therefore, this report suggests additional action on implementing integrated drought management (IDM) on top of what the government is already doing. Food and agriculture value chains are affected by climate events. This report includes detailed analyses of two key value chains, namely wheat and dairy.

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To download the full report, click here http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/318211538415630621/pdf/130406-WP-P159856-Tunisia-WEB2.pdf

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La sécheresse en Europe de l'est fait monter le prix du blé

La sécheresse en Europe de l'est fait monter le prix du blé | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

jeu. 21 juin 2018 à 14:03 •  AFP

Les prix du blé étaient encore en légère hausse jeudi à la mi-journée, prolongeant le mouvement de rebond de la veille à la faveur d'une parité euro/dollar encore un peu plus avantageuse et de conditions météo difficiles en Europe de l'Est.

L'euro baissait face au dollar, tout comme la livre avant une décision de la Banque d'Angleterre, dans un marché s'interrogeant sur les politiques monétaires des grandes banques centrales.

Le Premier ministre polonais Mateusz Morawiecki a mis en garde contre des pertes « très importantes » de récoltes de blé, alors que son gouvernement cherche à aider les agriculteurs touchés par une sécheresse et des chaleurs inhabituelles.

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Best practices on Agriculture and Food towards the sustainable development goals

Best practices on Agriculture and Food towards the sustainable development goals | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The report of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) investigates best practices in food sustainability across the world. It uses the three pillars—sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges, and food loss and waste—of the Food Sustainability Index (FSI) as a framework.

Changes to farming systems do not always come without trade-offs. For example, solar power can transform livelihoods for smallholder farmers by providing free electricity, which enables them to tap into groundwater for irrigation. “There’s been a huge expansion in solar irrigation, especially in India,” says Sri Lanka-based Soumya Balasubramanya, senior researcher in environmental and development economics at the International Water Management Institute. “But there’s a trade-off. In the longer term, you’re going to have a problem of groundwater depletion.”

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Read the full paper on http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/

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Difficult start for recently planted EU grains crops

Difficult start for recently planted EU grains crops | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

by CRM AgriCommodities, 24/10/2018

Weeks of dry, hot weather have resulted in reduced wheat output in key producing/exporting regions in 2018 including Europe, the Black Sea, Australia and Canada. Although the full extent in Australia is still unknown, the final production figure will be highly likely to be lower than the current USDA’s 18.5MMT estimate. It implies that the cushion provided by record large stocks in 2017/18 has eroded, leaving little room for production accidents next year, even more so when coupled with supportive maize/barley fundamentals.

Although we have to remember that wheat is a weed and yields are made in May/June across the Northern hemisphere, the start of the campaign for the 2019 harvest is far from ideal. As per the map below, the drought in Europe and the Black Sea is ongoing and a widespread lack of moisture is evident across most of the continent. As such, the European Commission has warned in its October MARS Crop Monitoring bulletin (full report click here) that  warmer and substantially dryer-than-usual weather conditions in large parts of Europe hampered the sowing and emergence of winter crops’. However, there is still time for the crops to be drilled in Western Europe and some scattered showers are forecast in parts of southern Russia but France, the largest EU wheat producer, will remain dry for at least another week.

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Droughts and Agriculture in Lebanon : Causes, Consequences, and Risk Management (report) | The World Bank

Droughts and Agriculture in Lebanon : Causes, Consequences, and Risk Management (report) | The World Bank | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The World Bank, 01/10/2018

The drier conditions will have important consequences on Lebanon’s agricultural economy and the wellbeing of citizens working in agriculture. Over the past decade, a series of droughts and other extreme weather events demanded the nation’s attention. Thanks to a greater awareness of drought, adaptation actions listed in the report could be: developing a national drought action plan, establishing drought monitoring systems, improving ministerial coordination, utilizing new technologies like Hydroponics and Early Warning Systems, improving the quantity and quality of climatic data, and other actions. To help build long-term drought risk management, two first steps could be taken. First, set
up a national drought monitoring system and, second, develop national drought plans. These steps will establish clear and practical actions, like water allocation prioritization, that can be implemented quickly
once droughts are identified.

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To download the full report, click here http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/892381538415122088/pdf/130405-WP-P160212-Lebanon-WEB.pdf

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Un vent de panique de l'Atlantique à l'Oural

Un vent de panique de l'Atlantique à l'Oural | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Agritel analyse, 25/07/2018 - C’était le 24 juillet 2007, dans un contexte d’inquiétudes mondiales généralisées sur les grains, le contrat blé meunier d’Euronext traitait pour la première fois de sa jeune histoire la barre symbolique des 200 €/T. Onze ans plus tard, ce même 24 juillet de l’année 2018 le blé meunier Euronext traite de nouveau ce niveau de 200 €/T sur son échéance mai 2019. Les inquiétudes ne sont pas encore mondiales et portent seulement sur l’Europe et la Mer Noire. Mais cela suffit à bousculer l’ordre baissier établi depuis 5 ans. La sécheresse Australienne qui ne semble pas vouloir s’atténuer pourrait dès lors être le dernier déclic amenant à un réel changement de paradigme sur le marché du blé.

Un vent de panique souffle de l’Atlantique à l’Oural où les récoltes d’une précocité inégalée déçoivent fortement que ce soit en quantité sur le nord de l’Europe et/ou en qualité sur le bassin mer Noire. Les pluies qui s’abattent de la Bulgarie jusqu’au Centre Russie laissent ainsi apparaître les premiers blés germés.

Les acheteurs se réveillent avec fracas tandis que la hausse s’emballe et s’auto-alimente. Il y a des signaux haussiers qui ne trompent pas et, l’achat massif réalisé hier de 420 000 tonnes de blé par l’Egypte sur un prix CAF de 15,40 $/T plus cher que celui payé le 10 juillet dernier en est un.

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