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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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Turkey facing economic challenges

Turkey facing economic challenges | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Dr. Hikmet Boyacioglu (World Grain), 03/01/2019 — Economic instability has increased in recent months in many parts of the world due to the trade war between the world’s two superpowers — China and the United States — and lower investor confidence, according to global market research company Euromonitor International. Turkey, the world’s leading flour exporter, has been affected by rising trade tensions and a stronger U.S. dollar. “The Turkish lira and Argentine peso have led the decline in emerging market currencies against the U.S. dollar due in part to multiple rate hikes by the Fed, including three in 2018,” the CME Group said.

Due to weakness of the Turkish lira, the cost of imported Russian wheat, used in the production of export flour, exceeded Turkey’s domestic wheat price in August...

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Turkey puts temporary limit on flour exports

Turkey puts temporary limit on flour exports | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

7 September 2018, World Grain

The Turkish government said on Sept. 6 that due to recent fluctuations in domestic flour prices it has introduced a regulation limiting exports of flour produced from grain grown domestically, outside of the Inward Processing Regime duty exemption mechanism, to 1% of total exports, according to S&P Global Platts. The Ministry of Trade told S&P Global Platts the action was taken to stabilize domestic flour prices, protect consumers and prevent speculation, but noted that the export limit was temporary and would be removed when domestic price stability returned. Turkey has been the world’s top flour exporter over the last five years, accounting for one-third of all flour exports. In 2017, Turkey exported 3.6 million tonnes of flour worth $1.1 billion.

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World wheat flour trade expected to hold steady in 2018-19 (World Grain)

World wheat flour trade expected to hold steady in 2018-19 (World Grain) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

May 28, 2018, London - by Susan Reidy (World Grain)

At 17 million tonnes, the initial projection for world wheat flour trade in 2018-19 is staying at a similar level as the previous year, according to the International Grains Council (IGC).

It was only slightly behind the revised total for 2016-17, which reached a record 17.4 million tonnes.

Because of conflict in the region, shipments to Iraq have grown significantly, the IGC said. In 2015-16, the nation imported 1.91 million tonnes but jumped to 2.8 million tonnes in 2017-18.

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I.G.C. lowers world flour trade outlook

I.G.C. lowers world flour trade outlook | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Par Arvin Donley, Baking Business, 27/11/2018

World wheat flour trade for 2018-19 was revised downward by 100,000 tonnes of wheat equivalent (less than 1%) by the International Grains Council but is still in line with last year’s estimated total of 17.1 million tonnes.

The I.G.C. released its quarterly forecast on Nov. 22 as part of its monthly Grain Market Review report. In August, the I.G.C. forecast 2018-19 global flour trade at 17.2 million tonnes.

 “Although only a limited amount of information is so far available, volumes by the main flour exporters (mostly covering June through September) are generally below last season, particularly to sub-Saharan Africa and Pacific Asia,” the I.G.C. said.

In the war-torn Middle East, imports are trending upward, the I.G.C. noted. “In contrast, tonnage shipped to (the Middle East) is slightly higher year on year, where local agricultural production and flour processing continue to be affected by conflict in some countries,” the I.G.C. said.

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Les industriels inquiets face à la baisse de la production de blé dur

Les industriels inquiets face à la baisse de la production de blé dur | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

L'industrie semoulière et pastière s'alarme de la diminution de la production de blé dur estimée pour cette récolte 2018. De plus, une « grande partie des grains ne sera pas utilisable pour l'industrie ».

Le Syndicat des industriels fabricants de pâtes alimentaires de France (SIFPAF) et le Comité français de la semoulerie industrielle (CFSI) s'inquiètent des résultats de la récolte de blé dur 2018. Ils annoncent que « les deux tiers de la production sont très impactés dans le sud » en raison des conditions climatiques difficiles subies.

D'après les estimations Agreste au 1er juillet 2018, la production de blé dur serait en baisse de 12,1 % sur un an, avec un « recul plus accentué » pour les rendements en Languedoc-Roussillon (- 20,2 %), en Midi-Pyrénées (- 17,8 %) et en Poitou-Charentes (- 10,6 %). La production européenne de blé dur semble également impactée avec une forte diminution en Italie suite à des précipitations tardives abondantes, selon le SIFPAF et le CFSI.

« Une grande partie de la récolte ne sera pas utilisable par l’industrie et devra servir pour l’alimentation animale. Cette mauvaise année devrait non seulement impacter la filière agricole déjà fragilisée mais aussi les cours du blé dur dans un secteur où les marchés à terme n’existent pas », ajoutent les deux organisations. 

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Organic, non-GMO flour verification continues to be vital | World Grain

Organic, non-GMO flour verification continues to be vital | World Grain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Organic and non-GMO are two certifications that carry a lot of weight with certain consumers. From a functionality standpoint, flours made from these crops perform the same as their conventional counterparts in a bakery formulation. A new trend of consuming that might change the agricultures and supply chains deserving them (grain sourcing, transportation and milled ingredient production). Better transparency and robust standards are still in need.

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