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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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Weather, politics driving grain trade

Weather, politics driving grain trade | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Chris Lyddon (World Grain), 27/12/2018. The world’s grain markets face a year of challenges and uncertainty, with weather and politics likely to drive trade flows and prices, said the keynote speaker at the Global Grain Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The trade war between the United States and China has changed the landscape and, if settled, could once again mean massive changes, said Dan Basse, president, AgResource, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Huge government debt, the likelihood of interest rate increases, and volatile currencies are among the potential threats the market faces. He added that demographic changes mean the demand growth focus is shifting to Africa. Basse described the market ahead as “a more vibrant market and more vibrant opportunity forthcoming.” He noted that over 80% of trade in Chicago is now non-human.

“Today we see the world wheat stocks-to-use ratio at a record low. That makes 2019 a very, very important year for world production.”

At the same time, weather patterns are changing. “This last year we saw a very dramatic drought in Argentina,” he said. “Australians are seeing their second drought in a row. We have problems in Europe. Climate change is real.”

New drivers are emerging in the wheat market. “World wheat trade has increased nearly 90 million tonnes in just the last eight or nine years,” he said. “This is a big change.”

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Italy's Grains Outlook and Forecast (World Grain)

Italy's Grains Outlook and Forecast (World Grain) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

May 3, 2018 - by Chris Lyddon

Italy has a diverse grains sector, with the country’s climate and taste for pasta making durum wheat an important crop. It needs to import wheat to fulfill the needs of its milling industry. It’s by far the European Union’s biggest producer of soy and of rice. Politically, Italy has been a strong opponent of genetically modified crops, while it is now pushing to develop advanced biofuels.

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Why is Egypt’s government promoting quinoa cultivation?

Why is Egypt’s government promoting quinoa cultivation? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Having the potential to aid food security in the 21st century in the context of climate change, a national campaign to expand the cultivation of quinoa, a natural food resource of high nutritive value, has been launched by the Ministry of Agriculture. The quinoa seed is one of the alternatives that the Ministry of Agriculture has set to reduce dependence on other staples like wheat and rice where Egypt imports half of the wheat consumed annually. Moreover, quinoa is incredibly resilient and can grow in poor or salty soils, and it also has the ability to be grown well in very harsh circumstances, unlike most grains. Its first plot attempt in 2005 has good perspectives...

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Black Sea Region: 2018/19 Outlook — BlackSeaGrain

Black Sea Region: 2018/19 Outlook — BlackSeaGrain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The winter conditions favored crops all over the region. In particular, Ukrainian winter crops were rated the best in four years. But this year’s abnormally cold March induced a very late start and a slow pace of seeding early spring crops in the Black Sea region. Thus, taking all of the above factors into account, UkrAgroConsult predicts a 5-6% year-on-year decrease in the Black Sea grain crop due to lower harvests of wheat and barley, as well as decrease of the exports

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Focus on Brazil and Grains

Focus on Brazil and Grains | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Chris Lyddon (World Grain), 13/12/2018.

Brazil is one of the world’s biggest agricultural exporters, with the focus on its massive soybean crop as well as a large corn crop. A weak currency has helped Brazilian exporters remain profitable, while China’s tariffs on U.S. soybeans have diverted demand to the South American country. The International Grains Council (IGC) forecasts Brazil’s total grains production in 2018-19 at 103.8 million tonnes, up from 88.2 million the year before. Production of wheat is put at 5.4 million tonnes, up from 4.3 million the previous . . .

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2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Cereal grain scientists and food industry professionals from around the world will meet in London, U.K., Oct. 21-23, 2018, to share their research at AACC International's annual meeting, Cereals & Grains 18.

The meeting will offer attendees an opportunity to connect with European leaders in cereal science from academia, government and industry. This year's meeting will highlight the latest changes, challenges, research and innovations along the whole value chain of cereals seen from different international perspectives — from the field to the fork.

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La filière céréalière française classée deuxième au monde

La filière céréalière française classée deuxième au monde | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Comparée à ses principaux concurrents mondiaux sur six grands critères, la filière céréalière française se classe à la deuxième place du classement établi par le cabinet Agrex Consulting, derrière la Russie et devant l’Australie, l’Allemagne, les États-Unis et le Canada. Six grands domaines ont été décortiqués pour ce classement : le potentiel de production, les facteurs agro-climatiques, le potentiel pour conquérir les marchés, le portefeuille des marchés et l’équilibre des flux, l’environnement politique et réglementaire (soutien à la production, organisation de la filière), l’environnement macroéconomique.

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Augmentation des utilisations et baisse de la production mondiale de céréales 2018-2019 (FAO)

Augmentation des utilisations et baisse de la production mondiale de céréales 2018-2019 (FAO) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Date de publication: 03/05/2018

D’après les premières prévisions de la FAO concernant la campagne de commercialisation 2018-2019, l’offre de céréales devrait être suffisante pour répondre aux besoins de consommation. Les réserves mondiales de céréales devraient diminuer, une baisse qui devrait surtout concerner le maïs. Les premiers éléments indiquent également une contraction des échanges mondiaux de céréales par rapport au niveau record de 2017-2018, mais celle-ci devrait être minime, en raison d’une forte demande à l’importation, en particulier pour l’orge, le blé et le riz.

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