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GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for AMIS (Nov 2020)

GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for AMIS (Nov 2020) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

As of the end of October, conditions are favourable for maize, rice, and soybeans while mixed for wheat.

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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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The role of transparency in avoiding a COVID-19 induced food crisis (OECD Report)

The role of transparency in avoiding a COVID-19 induced food crisis (OECD Report) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Early in the COVID-19 outbreak, there were concerns that the health crisis would develop into a large-scale food crisis similar to the 2007-08 food price crisis, when panic buying and counterproductive policies exacerbated initial supply disruptions. While food supply chains have seen disruptions, and there are future risks that require attention, a food price crisis has been avoided so far, in part thanks to improved transparency in global staple crop markets. Transparency on market conditions and policies is critical in helping reduce market uncertainty, exposing bottlenecks and highlighting risks, all of which help market participants and policy makers develop more effective responses in times of crisis. More broadly, transparency is essential for global markets to work and provide a resilient supply of affordable food. Yet, transparency is not automatic: it requires investments in gathering comparable information, monitoring market and policy developments, and communicating clearly about the findings...

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Ukraine Corn Shortfall Drives Chinese Demand for US Corn Exports

Ukraine Corn Shortfall Drives Chinese Demand for US Corn Exports | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

China is forced to seek out alternatives to Ukraine to source corn and moves to US.

The corn harvest is nearly complete in Ukraine, which in most years is the No. 1 exporter of corn to China. But persistent dry weather this summer has sharply reduced production. The USDA estimates the Ukraine corn crop at 28.5 million tonnes, down 20% from last year’s 35.8 million tonnes.

As a result, Ukraine corn prices have jumped. FOB prices of Ukraine corn have appreciated 40% versus this time last year, and are up over 25% since early September. More than half of Ukraine’s corn exports head to China.

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US farmers plant more winter wheat as grain prices rally

US farmers plant more winter wheat as grain prices rally | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

U.S. farmers expanded seedings of winter wheat this autumn for the first time in eight years as strong demand and dry weather in several producing countries fuels higher prices for the grain, farmers and analysts said.

Winter wheat, seeded in the Northern Hemisphere in autumn for harvest in June, is the first cash crop to be planted since an agricultural commodity price rally began in August. The rally is a welcome relief for farmers after four years of global surplus grain stocks that have kept prices low and hobbled the U.S. agricultural economy.

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Tightest UK wheat balance in decades leads to end-season deficit: Analyst Insight | AHDB

Tightest UK wheat balance in decades leads to end-season deficit: Analyst Insight | AHDB | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The first official UK cereal and supply and demand estimates for the 2020/21 season were published this morning, including a wheat ‘deficit’ for the first time. Normally when the estimated operating stock requirement is taken away from the balance of supply and demand, a surplus is available for either export or free stock. However, with the wheat balance currently forecast as the tightest in decades, a deficit has been identified, due to many supply and demand factors. These include, but are not limited to, changes in demand later in the season, accuracy of official data and uncertainty around the future of trade after the Brexit transition period.

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Lebanon’s Food Insecurity and the Path Toward Agricultural Reform - Carnegie Middle East Center

Lebanon’s Food Insecurity and the Path Toward Agricultural Reform - Carnegie Middle East Center | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Without deep legislative and structural reforms, Lebanon's agricultural sector could suffer severely, pushing even more people out of work and into poverty.

One hundred years after its creation, Lebanon is invited to rethink its economic model in the context of a profound internal crisis and regional turmoil. The collapse of its financial and banking sectors, paired with the domination of a corrupt and incompetent political elite, has led the country to the verge of becoming a failed state in which people cannot access food and basic services. Within this overall environment, rethinking agriculture is a key element in building a sustainable economic model that reduces geographical inequalities and ensures food security.

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MEDITERRANEAN: First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC

MEDITERRANEAN: First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) prepared by the independent network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) founded in 2015 is now finished. MedECC assesses the best available scientific knowledge on climate and environmental change and associated risks in the Mediterranean Basin in order to render it accessible to policymakers, stakeholders and citizens. The report includes a Summary for Policy-makers (SPM), which comprises the key messages of the MAR1.T

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MONDE: Agriculture et Covid-19 : menaces sur les équilibres mondiaux ?

MONDE: Agriculture et Covid-19 : menaces sur les équilibres mondiaux ? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

La crise sanitaire mondiale nous le rappelle avec brutalité : l'agriculture est au cœur de la géopolitique. Des millions de personnes risquent d’entrer dans la pauvreté et dans la faim à cause d'un virus qui paralyse l'économie. Pour en parler, Ali Laidi reçoit Sébastien Abis, co-auteur du livre "Géopolitique de l'agriculture" (éd. Eyrolles).

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Global Food Security 2020 Conference (7-9 December 2020)

Global Food Security 2020 Conference (7-9 December 2020) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
The 4th International Conference on Global Food Security addresses the topic of food security at all levels, from local to global, from an interdisciplinary and systemic food systems perspective. It aims to better understand environmental, nutritional, agricultural, demographic, socio-economic, technological and institutional drivers and pathways of current and future global food security.
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Négociations de la future PAC : où en est-on ? /

Négociations de la future PAC : où en est-on ? / | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
L’adoption du cadre financier pluriannuel (CFP) le 21 juillet dernier a permis d’ouvrir une nouvelle vague de négociations en matière de PAC, qui doit désormais servir les objectifs du Green Deal et de la stratégie de la ferme à la fourchette. Les deux colégislateurs, le Parlement Européen et le Conseil des ministres, viennent de définir leurs visions de la future PAC. Prochaine étape : trouver un compromis entre les positions défendues par chacune des deux entités.
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Logistique des circuits courts alimentaires

Logistique des circuits courts alimentaires | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Si les circuits courts alimentaires font l’objet de nombreuses publications, leur logistique est peu étudiée. Partant de ce constat, les auteurs ont conduit une revue de littérature sur ce sujet, dont les résultats sont publiés dans Sustainable Production and Consumption. Ils ont sélectionné, dans les bases de données bibliographiques des 14 dernières années, 66 études en anglais mentionnant la logistique (figure ci-dessous). Cet échantillon confirme le faible volume d’études sur la logistique, de l’ordre de 5 à 6 articles par an, même si on observe une augmentation depuis 2010...

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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352550920302876

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FAO - News Article: FAO's Food Outlook: Developing countries buoy global food trade

FAO - News Article: FAO's Food Outlook: Developing countries buoy global food trade | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
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GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for AMIS (Nov 2020)

GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for AMIS (Nov 2020) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

As of the end of October, conditions are favourable for maize, rice, and soybeans while mixed for wheat.

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La récolte de maïs et les semis de cultures d'hiver progressent plus vite qu'en 2020, dans la moyenne quinquennale (Céré'Obs Semaine 44)

La récolte de maïs et les semis de cultures d'hiver progressent plus vite qu'en 2020, dans la moyenne quinquennale (Céré'Obs Semaine 44) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
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wheat exports: India to export 3.5-4 million tonnes of wheat to neighbouring countries till March if govt extends export subsidy

wheat exports: India to export 3.5-4 million tonnes of wheat to neighbouring countries till March if govt extends export subsidy | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The current stocks in the country with the government and the private sector are over 56 million tonnes, which the government will have to offload ahead of the arrival of the new crop in April.

India is likely to export 3.5 to 4 million tonnes of wheat to the neighbouring South East Asian and West Asian countries till March, compared to the 0.18 million tonne in the previous year, if the government extends an export subsidy, said the trade. The current stocks in the country with the government and the private sector are over 56 million tonnes, which the government will have to offload ahead of the arrival of the new crop in April.
 
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Russia's grain export quota puts squeeze on small traders

Russia's grain export quota puts squeeze on small traders | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Russia's grain export quota for February through June 2021 will consolidate the market positions of major traders and speed the exit of smaller players, analysts said.

The loss of smaller traders will also disrupt supplies to secondary seasonal importers, they added.

The number of smaller trading companies in Russia, one of the world's largest wheat exporters, has fallen steadily in recent years while large exporters - some of which are state-controlled and have crucial access to port infrastructure - have increased their market share.

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Brazil renews wheat import quota free of tariff, from outside Mercosur

Brazil renews wheat import quota free of tariff, from outside Mercosur | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Brazil's Chamber of Foreign Trade (Camex) has renewed the import quota of 750,000 tons of wheat from outside Mercosur and exempt of the Common External Tariff (TEC) currently at 10%. Purchases can be made from Novr 18 this year to November 17, 2021.

The quota was established in a commitment made by the country to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2019. This July, due to the shortage of wheat in the Brazilian market and the high prices, CAMEX allowed the import of an extra quota of 450,000 tons, TEC-free, from outside Mercosur until November 17 of this year.

Brazil is one of the world's main importers of wheat. Almost 60% of domestic consumption comes from abroad mainly Argentina, other suppliers include United States, Uruguay and Paraguay.

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China’s Set to Import More U.S. Corn and Squeeze Global Prices

China’s Set to Import More U.S. Corn and Squeeze Global Prices | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

China is set to import more U.S. corn, with volumes for next year seen hitting the top end of market expectations and squeezing global grains prices.

State-owned food titan Cofco Corp. has sold 10 million tons to domestic private mills and will probably boost purchases from the U.S. even further, according to people familiar with the matter. This could put China’s total imports of the American crop on track to hit 30 million tons next year, the people estimated.

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25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Process: Has the Mediterranean Vision Come True?

25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Process: Has the Mediterranean Vision Come True? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

In 1995 an ambitious project was launched to encourage cooperation between Mediterranean countries – including Arab states and Israel – and the European Union. Over the past 25 years, the original initiative has grown into an organization of 43 states. Israel would do well to integrate into this regional body more effectively, particularly during the current age of normalization

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TURKEY’s agricultural exports up 6.3% at September-end despite outbreak

TURKEY’s agricultural exports up 6.3% at September-end despite outbreak | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Turkey’s agriculture-based exports have increased by 6.3% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2020, according to the country's forestry and agriculture minister.

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CIHEAM, FAO, UfM: SAVE THE DATE - Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean

CIHEAM, FAO, UfM: SAVE THE DATE - Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean: Accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda in the COVID19 Context.

A side-event of the 3rd Global Conference of the One Planet Network (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme (25 Nov- 3 Dec 2020), designed as an interactive web-dialogue to discuss the need for a collaborative effort to accelerate a food systems transformation in the Mediterranean region, in the COVID-19 context.

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The Invisible Transformations of the Food Subsidy System in Egypt

The Invisible Transformations of the Food Subsidy System in Egypt | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

In 2014, the Egyptian government launched a major reform of the ration card system (RCS) through which citizens access food subsidies, shifting from in-kind to cash transfers. Prior to 2014, beneficiaries could buy a set quota of three basic commodities—rice, sugar, and cooking oil—at a very low price (LE10 for about 5.5 kg of food per person). In contrast, the new RCS provides beneficiaries with smart cards credited with a monthly cash allotment of LE50 per person to purchase commodities from ration shops. In addition, the list of available commodities was diversified to include about 30 different goods, among them meat and cheese, but also soap or washing powder. In essence, the RCS’s new design aims at gradually reducing the share of food subsidies in state expenditures.

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Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition - Panel mondial sur l'agriculture et les systèmes alimentaires pour la nutrition : Veille Prospective & Evaluation

Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition - Panel mondial sur l'agriculture et les systèmes alimentaires pour la nutrition : Veille Prospective & Evaluation | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Créé en août 2013 à Londres, lors du Sommet « Nutrition for Growth », le Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition réunit douze personnalités de haut niveau. Financé par le UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, il est co-présidé par J. Beddington, ancien conseiller scientifique principal du gouvernement du Royaume-Uni, et J. Kufuor, ancien président du Ghana. Les travaux sont appuyés par un secrétariat d'une dizaine de personnes.

Le secrétariat, les membres et d'autres experts associés fournissent plusieurs types de publications : notes politiques ou techniques, s'appuyant sur les connaissances scientifiques disponibles et proposant des recommandations d'action publique ; rapports prospectifs ; analyses centrées sur des pays ou régions. Elles portent en particulier sur les sociétés à revenus moyens ou bas. Les membres du panel réalisent également un travail d'influence auprès des gouvernements, des sociétés civiles, des universitaires et des industriels. Par ailleurs, ces actions s'inscrivent dans un cadre international et régional : Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) onusiens, objectifs nutritionnels de l'OMS, déclaration de Malabo de l'Union africaine, etc...

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COVID-19's lasting impact | 2020-11-17 | World Grain

COVID-19's lasting impact | 2020-11-17 | World Grain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
The global grain and oilseeds sector is feeling the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it has caused ongoing trends such as deglobalization of supply chains and declining biofuels demand to accelerate while increasing concerns about food security, according to a recent study by food and agriculture investor Rabobank. The report — “The Grain and Oilseed Sector in a Post-COVID-19 World” — examined potential short- and long-term trends that will impact every link in the grain and oilseed supply chain, including producers, farm input . . .
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World's Farmers Outgrow Wheat Consumption Again

World's Farmers Outgrow Wheat Consumption Again | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

USDA pegs 2020/21 world wheat production at a record 773 million metric tons (MMT), up 1% from last year and 3% above the 5-year average of 721 MMT. Total global supplies are forecast to reach a record 1,072 MMT, 2% more than last year. USDA projects significantly higher production […]

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Global food prices continue rising in October (FAO release)

Global food prices continue rising in October (FAO release) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Global food prices continued rising for the fifth consecutive month in October, led by cereals, sugar, dairy and vegetable oils, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 100.9 points in October 2020, up 3.1 percent from September and 6.0 percent above its value in October 2019.

The FAO Cereal Price Index climbed 7.2 percent from the previous month and 16.5 percent above its value in October 2019. The surge was mainly driven by wheat prices amid shrinking export availabilities, poor growing conditions in Argentina and continued dry weather affecting winter wheat sowings in Europe, North America and the Black Sea region.  Maize, feed barley and sorghum prices also remained under upward pressure in October, while those of rice subsided.

In its latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also published today, FAO reduced the world's 2020 cereal production for a second consecutive month, by nearly 13 million tonnes, largely on expectations of diminished world coarse grains production. However, global cereal output is still forecast at a record 2 750 million tonnes, surpassing the 2019 output by 1.6 percent.

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