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What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy?

What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
What has COVID-19 changed for the EU's Farm to Fork Strategy? Nothing apart from underlining the urgency of transforming our food systems, write Nick Jacobs, Celia Nyssens and Nikolai Pushkarev.
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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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COVID-19 Policy Response (CPR) Portal | IFPRI : International Food Policy Research Institute

COVID-19 Policy Response (CPR) Portal | IFPRI : International Food Policy Research Institute | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The spread of COVID-19, and the range of policy responses to contain the pandemic, exert wide-ranging effects on agri-food systems and livelihoods. To analyze the direct and indirect impacts of these responses in a comparative way, the COVID-19 Policy Response (CPR) Portal systematically captures policy responses through multiple channels, including population restrictions, social protection, trade, health, fiscal, and monetary measures.

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La sécheresse persiste en Europe, les conditions s'améliorent en mer Noire

La sécheresse persiste en Europe, les conditions s'améliorent en mer Noire | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Terre-net Média, 27/05 - Avec la sécheresse qui persiste dans une large partie de l'Europe du Nord, les inquiétudes concernant la prochaine campagne restent d'actualité. « Les conditions climatiques très sèches sur une grande partie de l'Europe soutiennent les cours », expliquait le cabinet Agritel le mardi 26 mai...

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China enacting food security measures

China enacting food security measures | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

World Grain, 22/05 — China is developing a response plan to ensure food security amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, China’s Primier Li Keqiang told parliament on May 22. He said China will keep total crop acreage and grain output stable through the rest of 2020, give more rewards to major grain producing counties, and raise the minimum purchase price of rice. The pandemic, which began in China in late 2019 and has infected more than 5 million people and killed over 300,000, forced the country . . .

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China slaps 80% tariff on Australian barley 

China slaps 80% tariff on Australian barley  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

World Grain, 19/05 — China has announced it will impose a five-year, 80% anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariff on barley imported from Australia, effective May 19. China’s Ministry of Commerce announced the measure, which essentially cuts off the market of Australia’s biggest barley customer. In recent years, China has purchased more than $1 billion of barley per year from Australia. Australia has indicated it may appeal to the World Trade Organization. The action was taken amid growing tensions between the two countries. Australia has called for an . . .

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LIVE WEBINAR NOW:  Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ports and Maritime Transport in the Mediterranean Region

LIVE WEBINAR NOW:  Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ports and Maritime Transport in the Mediterranean Region | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
LIVE WEBINAR NOW : Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ports and Maritime Transport in the Mediterranean Region 27 May 2020. The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the MEDports Association, will host an online Webinar on the “Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ports and Maritime Transport in the Mediterranean Region” on 27 May 2020, from 10:00 to 13:00.Lire la suite
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Exportations de produits agricoles et alimentaires durant le premier trimestre 2020 et impacts de la crise causée par le COVID-19 (ONAGRI)

Exportations de produits agricoles et alimentaires durant le premier trimestre 2020 et impacts de la crise causée par le COVID-19 (ONAGRI) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

ONAGRI, 27/04 - Globalement, les exportations de l’ensemble des produits ont baissé de 11,2% passant de 11846,4 MD à 10514,9 MD, alors que les exportations alimentaires ont enregistré une hausse de 10,3%, évoluant de 1342,7 M DT à 1481,0 M DT. Les exportations alimentaires ont ainsi représenté 14,1% des exportations totales.
L’augmentation des exportations est surtout liée à l’accroissement du rythme des exportations de l’huile d’olive.

-> Voir rapport ci-dessous.

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http://www.onagri.nat.tn/uploads/securite-alimentaire/developpement-exportatios/Exportationscovid19.pdf

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Très peu de mouvements sur les marchés, sauf une hausse du cours des orges brassicoles de printemps

Très peu de mouvements sur les marchés, sauf une hausse du cours des orges brassicoles de printemps | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Analyse de marché, 20/05 -

Marché européen: Très peu de mouvements hier sur les marchés, tout juste note t-on une hausse sur les cours des orges brassicoles de printemps, faisant suite à la mise en place de taxes à l’importation à hauteur de 80.5 % par la Chine sur les origines australiennes. De plus le déficit hydrique s’accentue sur une grande partie de l’Europe, laissant craindre une perte de rendements sur les cultures de printemps.

A l’inverse, le bassin mer Noire bénéficie actuellement de pluies, si on fait exception de la Roumanie qui devrait connaitre une nette chute de sa production en raison du déficit hydrique de printemps.

Sur la scène internationale, activité réduite également avec toutefois un appel d’offres du Japon pour 120 000 t de blé tendre. L’office national statistique allemand affiche une baisse des surfaces de blé d’hiver de -7 % par rapport à l’an passé mais une hausse des surfaces de colza de +11.9 % pour la récolte 2020. Le Brésil, pays très touché par le covid 19, revoit sa production de maïs en léger repli selon AG Rural à 97.7 millions de tonnes contre 100 millions l’an passé, conséquence du léger déficit hydrique impactant la seconde récolte (derrière soja) qui compte pour environ les 3/4 de la production totale.

Peu d’évolution des cours du colza hier, après la nette hausse de lundi, avec des cours du pétrole qui s’affichent à 32 usd/baril sur New York ce matin. A noter, un léger raffermissement de l’euro, affiché à 1.0945 contre usd.

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Maroc: Malgré le coronavirus, les exportations marocaines en produits agricoles en hausse

Maroc: Malgré le coronavirus, les exportations marocaines en produits agricoles en hausse | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Les exportations des produits maraîchers ont enregistré une croissance de 6%. Les produits transformés, hors sucre, ont enregistré une croissance de l’ordre de 17%.
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Coronavirus boosts demand for local and functional foods in France: market study

Coronavirus boosts demand for local and functional foods in France: market study | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for local products in France and could have a positive effect on the development of functional foods, according to Mintel.
On 17 March 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron announced strict confinement measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This meant that residents across the country were required to carry a signed travel pass, or attestation​, whenever they left home. Failure to do so could result in a €135 fine.

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Malta: Pandemic shows us local is best, and farmers are rising to the challenge

Malta: Pandemic shows us local is best, and farmers are rising to the challenge | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
COVID-19 reminds us how crucial farmers are in securing Malta’s fragile food supply. But will it be the wake-up call to farming from decline and concrete?

Jeanette Borg set up the Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation (MaYA) to protect the interests of young Maltese farmers, and she has been vocal about food security with her call to fully use Malta’s idle uncultivated fields by facilitating young farmers’ access to this land.

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Harnessing rhizosphere microbiomes for drought-resilient crop production 

Harnessing rhizosphere microbiomes for drought-resilient crop production  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Science, 17/04 - Root-associated microbes can improve plant growth, and they offer the potential to increase crop resilience to future drought. Although our understanding of the complex feedbacks between plant and microbial responses to drought is advancing, most of our knowledge comes from non-crop plants in controlled experiments. We propose that future research efforts should attempt to quantify relationships between plant and microbial traits, explicitly focus on food crops, and include longer-term experiments under field conditions. Overall, we highlight the need for improved mechanistic understanding of the complex feedbacks between plants and microbes during, and particularly after, drought. This requires integrating ecology with plant, microbiome, and molecular approaches and is central to making crop production more resilient to our future climate.

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https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6488/270

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COVID-19 virus outbreak lockdown: What impacts on household food wastage?

COVID-19 virus outbreak lockdown: What impacts on household food wastage? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Link Springer, 19/04 - The 2019–2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a public health issue. Lockdown is among options suggested to reduce spread of the virus. This study aimed to determining the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on Tunisian consumer awareness, attitudes and behaviors related to food wastage. An online survey was conducted during the first 2 weeks of COVID-19 lockdown. The survey collected information on demographic data, awareness and attitudes toward food waste, food purchase behavior and household food expenditure estimation; extent of household food waste; willingness and information needs to reduce food waste...

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Terra Nova | Coronavirus : regards sur une crise

Terra Nova | Coronavirus : regards sur une crise | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Terra Nova, 23/03 - a série de contributions "Coronavirus : regards sur une crise" de Terra Nova s'efforce de mettre en partage des réflexions, témoignages et questionnements suscités par la pandémie de Covid-19 et ses multiples conséquences.

Parmi la quarantaine de contributions disponibles début mai, T. Pech rappelle les liens étroits entre urgences sanitaire et écologique : le développement des infections zoonotiques est en effet, selon lui, associé au déclin de la biodiversité et à l'augmentation des interactions entre animaux sauvages et domestiques, notamment du fait de l'expansion de l'agriculture et de l'élevage. Dans son texte publié le 10 avril, L. Dablanc revient sur la logistique en temps de crise. Toujours stratégique pour les villes, cette activité est devenue plus visible et prioritaire. Des éclairages sont donnés, grâce à un « Baromètre de la logistique urbaine en
confinement », sur les aspects alimentaires (e-commerce, livraisons de repas). Pour finir, mentionnons l'analyse de L. Chabason sur la gouvernance mondiale pour mieux lutter contre les pandémies zoonotiques...

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Post-Covid: 25 propositions du groupe de travail Agriculture de l'Assemblée

Post-Covid: 25 propositions du groupe de travail Agriculture de l'Assemblée | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Terre-net Média, 27/05 - Constitué au début de la crise sanitaire par la Commission des affaires économiques de l’Assemblée nationale, le groupe de travail Agriculture, alimentation et pêche a élaboré, après six semaines d’audition, 25 propositions pour soutenir le secteur agricole et favoriser sa résilience lors des prochaines crises.

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Black Sea countries tighten grain supply grip 

Black Sea countries tighten grain supply grip  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

World Grain, 22/05 - Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are turning to policy described as food nationalism — protecting their domestic grain markets amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including major grain export restrictions, a highly concerning development for countries dependent on their grain supplies. The price of grain has soared in the Eurasia Union during the past two months. In Russia, where the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths began spiking in mid-April, the price of wheat on the domestic market reached 13,300 rubles ($195) per tonne for the first . . .

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Romania’s grain outlook hampered by drought 

Romania’s grain outlook hampered by drought  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

World Grain, 19/05 — Due to a lingering drought, Romania’s grain production in 2020-21 is forecast to fall by 2.6% despite a 2.2% increase in planted area, according to a May 18 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result, total grain exports for the coming marketing year are projected to decline by 5.5% following a 9.5% increase in exports in 2019-20. “Amid fears that grain and oilseed stocks would run low, the Romanian government suspended temporarily oilseed and . . .

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China boosting grain, oilseed stocks amid supply chain concerns

China boosting grain, oilseed stocks amid supply chain concerns | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

World Grain, 18/05 — China is asking trading firms and food processors to grow inventories of grains and oilseeds amid concerns of global supply chains should there be a second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) and worsening infection rates elsewhere, Reuters reported. Trade sources told Reuters that state-run and private grain traders were urged to procure higher volumes of corn, soybeans and soy oil during calls with China’s Ministry of Commerce. One source noted that “things aren’t looking good in Brazil,” which is a key supplier of . . .

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"COVID-19 : Repenser la souveraineté alimentaire de la France ?" - (Enregistrement de la conférence)

"COVID-19 : Repenser la souveraineté alimentaire de la France ?" - (Enregistrement de la conférence) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Vous trouverez ci-dessous l’enregistrement du webinaire :

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/vpdVPouq0GdLTbP2xn3ZcYgaAZjeX6a80HUX8vdcykuFl1oP3I-U9cJ_QRNKkkM-

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Baisse drastique de la récolte céréalière … l'inévitable recours à l’importation!

Baisse drastique de la récolte céréalière … l'inévitable recours à l’importation! | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

African Manager, 18/05 - Tous les secteurs ont été frappés, cette année, par la crise du Coronavirus… Une crise sans précédent qui a tout balayé sur son chemin. Le tourisme, les secteurs industriels et culturels tous ont été, ardemment, impactés. Cette crise a, également, mis à nu la faiblesse de l’infrastructure tunisienne ainsi que les inégalités dont pâtissent certaines […]

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What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy?

What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
What has COVID-19 changed for the EU's Farm to Fork Strategy? Nothing apart from underlining the urgency of transforming our food systems, write Nick Jacobs, Celia Nyssens and Nikolai Pushkarev.
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Le Maghreb face au Covid-19

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Entretien avec : Akram Belkaïd, journaliste au Monde diplomatique, collaborateur d’Orient XXI et d’Afrique Magazine, chroniqueur au Quotidien d’Oran. Il a publié plusieurs ouvrages dont notamment Pleine lune sur Bagdad (Erick Bonnier, 2017), son dernier livre est L’Algérie en 100 questions. Un pays empêché (Tallandier, 2019).

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France: [Covid-19] « Comment bâtir un système alimentaire résilient ? »

France: [Covid-19] « Comment bâtir un système alimentaire résilient ? » | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Comment garantir notre capacité à assurer une alimentation adaptée à nos besoins, même quand surviennent des événements imprévus comme une pandémie de coronavirus ? Quatre étudiantes et cinq étudiants de Montpellier SupAgro ont imaginé une vidéo pour y répondre. La vision de futurs ingénieurs agronomes sur la production alimentaire demain en France.

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Food Security in Tunisia: A Need to Move Back to Sovereignty

Food Security in Tunisia: A Need to Move Back to Sovereignty | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Since the end of French colonization in 1956, successive Tunisian governments have managed to ensure access to healthy and sufficient food for the vast majority of its citizens. Tunisia has a low level of hunger, with a 2018 score of 7.9 out of 50 on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), and this number has continued to trend downwards. Most Tunisians eat their fill and some even allow themselves luxury food products from time to time. Physical access to something to eat without too much trouble is not the challenge. The question is, given the context of a stagnant economy and high unemployment: at what cost?

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Small Price Responses to Large Demand Shocks 

Small Price Responses to Large Demand Shocks  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 18, Issue 2, April 2020, Pages 792–828 - Abstract: We study the pricing response of U.S. supermarkets to large demand shocks triggered by labor conflicts, mass population displacement, and shopping sprees around major snowstorms and hurricanes. We find that these large swings in demand have, at best, modest effects on the level of retail prices, consistent with flat short- to medium-term supply curves. This finding holds even when shocks are highly persistent and despite the fact that stores adjust prices frequently. We also provide evidence that retailers maintain frequent promotional sales even as their demand varies and that they seek to match movements in their local competitors’ recourse to promotional sales...

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https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvz002

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REFERENCE MACROECONOMIC SCENARIOS FOR THE SPANISH ECONOMY AFTER COVID-19

Banco de España, 2020 - COVID-19 has spread globally, and most countries have adopted extraordinary measures to mitigate its effects on public health. These include bringing part of economic activity to a standstill
and the confinement of the population, and they are exerting a most severe contractionary effect on GDP and employment worldwide. While the resolute action of national and supranational
authorities will contribute to alleviating these effects, their magnitude remains, for the moment, highly uncertain.
This article develops a set of scenarios for the Spanish economy that consider various alternative assumptions about the duration of the confinement and the persistence of the shock the economy
has undergone...

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https://www.bde.es/f/webbde/GAP/Secciones/SalaPrensa/COVID-19/be2002-art10e.pdf

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