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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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Maroc : le secteur agricole montre des signes prometteurs après de fortes pluies

Maroc : le secteur agricole montre des signes prometteurs après de fortes pluies | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Akhannouch, ministre de l'Agriculture, a déclaré cette semaine que cette saison agricole du Maroc montrait des signes d'une année de récolte abondante.
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L’impact de la Peste Porcine Africaine sur l’élevage porcin dans le monde (webinaire 2 février 2021) | Académie d'Agriculture de France

L’impact de la Peste Porcine Africaine sur l’élevage porcin dans le monde (webinaire 2 février 2021) | Académie d'Agriculture de France | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

La peste porcine africaine, est une maladie virale dû à un Astivirus (virus à ADN double brin) qui affecte les suidés (porcs, sangliers notamment). Elle n’est pas zoonotique. D’origine africaine, elle se retrouve maintenant à l’état panzootique, notamment dans l’est de l’Europe, en Asie et tout particulièrement en Chine. Elle constitue un fléau économique d’importance mondiale.
Cette maladie comporte des caractéristiques biologiques et épidémiologiques très défavorables pour la maîtrise de cette infection : pas de vaccin disponible notamment. La recherche s’oriente vers la mise au point d’outils d’induction d’une immunité protectrice ou d’édition génomique mais avec quelles échéances ?
La situation la plus violente est celle de la Chine frappée par une épizootie majeure depuis 2018 et qui bouleverse considérablement le marché mondial de la viande porcine. Après l’abattage...

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https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TV8Gbe6PR0yEImi-gCEV_w

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FRANCE: Une agriculture agro-écologique intensive est-elle possible ?

FRANCE: Une agriculture agro-écologique intensive est-elle possible ? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Obésité, gaspillage, aide alimentaire, fruits et légumes made in France, Politique agricole commune, soja, agriculture écologique, réchauffement climatique… Ça nous démange, d’imaginer le monde d’après, surtout qu’on a du temps pour y penser actuellement.

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IGC: Grain production records projected for next five years | 2021-01-25 | World Grain

IGC: Grain production records projected for next five years | 2021-01-25 | World Grain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Total grains production is expected to reach successive records in the next five years, keeping pace with demand, but leaving little room for stock rebuilding, the International Grains Council (IGC) said during its virtual conference session on Jan. 22. World soyabeans production is projected to reach successive highs through 2025-26, mainly on increases in the United States and Brazil. Consumption is seen reaching successive highs as well, but a modest recovery in world inventories is likely, tied to expectations for some stock . . .

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Les réserves céréalières, un facteur de résilience des systèmes alimentaires africains - Résultats du Colloque FARM le 18 decembre 2020

Les réserves céréalières, un facteur de résilience des systèmes alimentaires africains - Résultats du Colloque FARM le 18 decembre 2020 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Lors du colloque annuel de la fondation Farm, qui s'est tenu le 18 décembre 2020 en visioconférence, analyses scientifiques et témoignages professionnels ont envisagé des pistes pour améliorer la résilience des systèmes alimentaires africains, mise à l'épreuve en 2020 par la Covid-19 : appui aux producteurs agricoles, développement de la transformation locale, assurances, aide alimentaire ou financière, institutionnalisation des secteurs. Comparant les crises de 2008 et de 2020, F. Galtier (Cirad) a rappelé le rôle de la faible disponibilité céréalière dans la hausse des prix en 2008 et l’effet bénéfique de la libération d’un important stock de riz japonais. En 2020, la disponibilité des céréales a limité l’ampleur de la crise alimentaire. Selon F. Galtier, coordonnateur d’un rapport sur ce sujet pour la Commission européenne, rendu en 2018, le développement de réserves publiques, accompagné de mesures de gestion et de coordination, pour fournir une aide ciblée et stabiliser les prix, atténuerait la fréquence et l’intensité des crises à venir.

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https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/hunger-foodsecurity-nutrition/documents/utiliser-les-reserves-alimentaires-pour-ameliorer-la-securite-alimentaire-et

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2020 ATOR: SUSTAINING AFRICA'S AGRIFOOD SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION: The Role of Public Policies | ReSAKSS

2020 ATOR: SUSTAINING AFRICA'S AGRIFOOD SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION: The Role of Public Policies | ReSAKSS | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Malabo Declaration have called for the rapid transformation of Africa’s agrifood system. This ambitious agrifood system transformation agenda involves reconciling trade-offs across poverty reduction, food security, nutrition, and environmental goals. The ReSAKSS 2020 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) focuses on the policies required to transform African agrifood systems to meet their potential. Chapters provide (1) an in-depth review of the evolution of agricultural sector policies over the last five decades; (2) a systematic analysis of traditional input constraints on agricultural productivity; (3) a discussion of policies needed to bolster competitiveness along value chains; and of (4) institutional and political economy factors that shape the broader enabling environment needed for agrifood system transformation. The report serves as the official M&E report for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), tracking progress on over 30 core CAADP indicators.

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http://ebrary.ifpri.org/utils/getfile/collection/p15738coll2/id/134069/filename/134288.pdf

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Les cours des céréales et oléagineux au sommet en ce début 2021

Les cours des céréales et oléagineux au sommet en ce début 2021 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
220-230 €/t pour le blé, 210-215 €/t pour le maïs et 430-435 €/t pour le colza : les cours des céréales et oléagineux s'envolent en ce début d'année 2021 ! Comment expliquer de telles hausses ? Éléments de réponse.
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International: Step up adaptation to climate change now or risk 'enormous toll', scientists warn | Reuters

International: Step up adaptation to climate change now or risk 'enormous toll', scientists warn | Reuters | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
More than 3,000 scientists on Friday called for a far bigger global push to protect people and nature from the effects of a heating planet, even as researchers estimated funding to adapt to climate change has dropped because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MillTech İstanbul- Mill Machinery Technologies and Side Industry Fair - March 10-13, 2021

MillTech İstanbul- Mill Machinery Technologies and Side Industry Fair - March 10-13, 2021 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Mill Tech - Mill Machinery Technologies and Components Exhibition, which aims to be the international trade fair for the industry, will be organized by Pozitif and ITF Trade Fairs. and DESMÜD on March 10-13, 2021.
 
The most important global representatives of the sector, companies which operate in the fields of packaging, machine and side industry, grain processing equipment, storage, laboratory, and measurement devices will display their latest and most innovative products in the exhibition.
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China finds coronavirus cluster in major chicken processing plant | Reuters

China reported its first cluster of COVID-19 cases among workers in a meat processing plant, raising fears among local consumers who have until now mainly worried about the safety of imported foods.
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Coronavirus: The foods we are all eating during lockdown

Coronavirus: The foods we are all eating during lockdown | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

With most of us stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, our eating habits have had to change. Meals out have been impossible, and we've all been having to eat from home. So what have we been eating and which firms have been benefiting?

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LIBAN: un eldorado perdu pour l'agriculture au Moyen-Orient ?

LIBAN: un eldorado perdu pour l'agriculture au Moyen-Orient ? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Alors que l’implosion de l’économie libanaise et les conséquences de l’explosion du port de Beyrouth menacent de plonger des centaines de milliers de Libanais dans la famine, le secrétaire général du Hezbollah, qui d’ordinaire s’aventure peu dans les questions de politique économique, s’est exprimé dans le cadre d’une intervention télévisée en faveur d’un « jihad agricole ». Solution révolutionnaire s’il en est, celui-ci consisterait en une mobilisation générale pour cultiver les terres fertiles du pays afin de relancer l’activité économique et remédier à l’inflation galopante qui touche de plein fouet les produits alimentaires.

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Mercaris Delivers Record Organic Trading Growth in 2020

Trade of organic commodities did not stop despite the challenges from the global pandemic for the food and agriculture industry in 2020. In fact, Mercaris reports a 48 percent increase in volumes transacted via their online platform in comparison to 2019.

“Our confidentiality, neutrality and low fees proved valuable to the industry at-large and helped our continued growth in the trading business,” says Lizzie Ekeberg, Director of Trading for Mercaris.

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Maroc : CAM sonde les filières riz et viandes rouges

Maroc : CAM sonde les filières riz et viandes rouges | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Après les autres filières, le Crédit Agricole du Maroc (CAM) poursuit ses échanges avec les professionnels de l’agriculture. Le Groupe a rencontré les opérateurs ...
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EUROPE: Can low-income households afford a healthy diet? 

EUROPE: Can low-income households afford a healthy diet?  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
In Europe, food insecurity is still a serious concern for individual and public health. Although progress has been made in reducing undernourishment, other types of malnutrition such as obesity and overweight are on the rise. Policies that aim at improving healthy eating and addressing food insecurity tend to focus on food aid, nutritional education and financial incentives. These policies are generally not targeted at the problem of insufficient income as a key barrier to access a healthy diet.
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La Niña 2020/2021 Impacts in Argentina & Brazil - GEOGLAM Crop Monitor

La Niña 2020/2021 Impacts in Argentina & Brazil - GEOGLAM Crop Monitor | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

 

  • La Niña conditions began in August-September 2020 and are currently forecast to continue from January to March (~95% chance) and then with a possible transition to neutral conditions from April to June (~55% chance).
  • Argentina and Brazil are key producers and exporters of maize and soybean, among other crops, and current conditions are affecting the production prospective.
  • Argentina’s early-planted maize has experienced dry conditions while late-planted maize is under generally favourable conditions. Spring and summer-planted soybeans have suffered a similar fate to maize; however, they have slightly better yield expectations than maize.
  • We are a few weeks away from the beginning of critical stages for late-planted maize and soybean in Argentina.
  • In Brazil, both spring-planted maize and ...
  • ...

 

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http://cropmonitor.org/documents/SPECIAL/reports/Special_Report_20210101_La_Nina.pdf

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Egypt: Water, Policy, and Productivity in Egyptian Agriculture - Fuglie Study- - American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Egypt: Water, Policy, and Productivity in Egyptian Agriculture - Fuglie Study- - American Journal of Agricultural Economics | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Abstract : When water scarcity restricts agricultural production, expanding water resources is only one option to increase or maintain output; investments in research to raise productivity can also release constraints on growth. In this paper, we construct a model of optimal resource allocation with both public and private inputs in production—the public sector invests in research and irrigation infrastructure to supply technology and water, respectively, whereas the private sector supplies other inputs. The model is used to derive shadow values for water that suggest “crop per drop” valuations are likely to significantly overstate the marginal value of water in agriculture. We apply our model to analyze sources of growth in Egyptian agriculture, which is almost entirely dependent on publicly supplied irrigation water, over 1961–2016. We construct two indexes of total productivity: total factor productivity treats resources from a producer perspective, where water is free and resource rents accrue to land. Total resource productivity takes a social perspective, where government subsidies for irrigation are included as a cost of production, and resource rents are assigned to water withdrawals for agriculture. Our results find that technological innovations and efficiency gains contributed significantly more to agricultural growth in Egypt than expansion of irrigated area or water use. Productivity growth accelerated in the 1980s following the transition from a socialist to a market‐oriented economy. Including social costs of irrigation provision reduces the implied rate of total productivity growth only marginally. Nonetheless, the rise in total resource productivity significantly increased the value of natural resource rents in Egyptian agriculture.

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https://doi.org/10.1111/ajae.12148

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Steven L. Kaplan, Pour le pain, Fayard, 2020, 366 pages : Veille Prospective & Evaluation

Steven L. Kaplan, Pour le pain, Fayard, 2020, 366 pages : Veille Prospective & Evaluation | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Ancien professeur à Cornell University (État de New York), ainsi que dans plusieurs universités françaises, Steven Kaplan est tombé amoureux de notre pays en mâchant sa première bouchée de pain, un jour de 1962 au jardin du Luxembourg. Depuis, il n'a cessé de consacrer ses recherches au bricheton, au lingot ou à la baguette, adoptant toujours une large perspective économique et sociale héritée de l'école des Annales : Bread, Politics and Political Economy, 1976 ; Le pain, le peuple et le roi, 1986 ; Le meilleur pain du monde, 1996 ; Le pain maudit, 2008 ; Raisonner sur les blés, 2017 (voir à ce sujet une brève). Dans ce nouvel ouvrage, il étudie la baisse continue de la consommation de pain, les actions entreprises pour l'enrayer, les stratégies des principaux acteurs concernés et les évolutions plus profondes de la culture panaire nationale. De façon plus personnelle, voire militante, Kaplan s'inquiète de la situation actuelle, appelle à la résistance et entreprend de défendre la cause du pain et des céréales, des meuniers et des boulangers.

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Syrian Arab Republic: Conflict and Food Insecurity (GEOGLAM report)

Syrian Arab Republic: Conflict and Food Insecurity (GEOGLAM report) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

In June 2019, wholesale wheat grain prices in Syria's local markets were 60 percent higher than prices in the international markets. Localized insecurity and post-conflict economic issues aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic remain significant drivers of production potential in Syria and are likely to impact the 2020/2021 agricultural season substantially...

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https://cropmonitor.org/documents/CONFLICT/reports/Conflict_Report_20210101_Syrian_Arab_Republic.pdf

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Inde : Le plus gros projet d’agroécologie au monde : l’Andhra Pradesh mise sur une « agriculture naturelle à zéro budget »

Inde : Le plus gros projet d’agroécologie au monde : l’Andhra Pradesh mise sur une « agriculture naturelle à zéro budget » | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
A rebours de la « révolution verte » indienne et de ses dégâts, cet Etat du sud tente de rallier 6 millions de paysans à une agriculture économe, sans engrais chimiques ni pesticides, pour nourrir la totalité de ses habitants d’ici à 2027.
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France: Focus on grains market by World Grain

France: Focus on grains market by World Grain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

France is traditionally an important player on the world’s grains market, supplying a range of markets, particularly in the nearby countries of North Africa, with which it has a close trading relationship. However, in 2020, poor weather conditions led to a spectacularly poor crop, sharply reducing the surplus available to the largest European Union Member State, by area. The International Grains Council (IGC) put France’s total 2020-21 grains production at 57.6 million tonnes in its Oct. 29 Grain Market Report, down from its figure a . . .

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Trucker protest continues in Argentina | 2021-01-21 | World Grain

Trucker protest continues in Argentina | 2021-01-21 | World Grain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
BUENOS AIRES, BRAZIL — Truckers in Argentina, independent Teamsters, are protesting and blocking roads over increased fuel prices, taxes and highway tolls, MercoPress reported. The Argentina Cereals Chamber and Commodities Stock Exchange (CIARA-CEC) said the road disruptions could impact the transportation of grains and oilseeds to be exported. A CIARA-CEC spokesman told MercoPress, “Currently everything is operating, but the terminals only have a certain amount of storage capacity ... If the protest extends over time, it will generate problems. There is concern.” CIARA-CEC also expressed . . .
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Favorable Weather and Strong Income Potential Support US Winter Wheat Seeding for 2021

Favorable Weather and Strong Income Potential Support US Winter Wheat Seeding for 2021 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
By Claire Hutchins, USW Market Analyst For the first time since 2013/14, total U.S. winter wheat planted area increased on the year as producers took advantage of dry seeding conditions and strong prices through fall 2020. USDA’s 2021/22 Winter Wheat Seedings report, released Jan. 12, reported U.S. farmers planted 32.0 million acres (12.9 million hectares) […]
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FAO, CIHEAM & UfM: Promoting Food Systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards #2030

FAO, CIHEAM & UfM: Promoting Food Systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards #2030 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

On January 14, 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) signed a memorandum of understanding agreement (MoU) to provide a framework for collaboration to promote their common goals and objectives in accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through collaborative actions to support the shift towards more sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean region.

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India US negotiating on wide range of trade concerns Congressional report

India US negotiating on wide range of trade concerns Congressional report | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

India and the US are negotiating on a wide range of trade concerns, including greater access to the Indian market for American agricultural products, potentially in exchange for America restoring New Delhi's status under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), according to a Congressional report.

President Donald Trump in 2019 terminated India's designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme after determining that it has not assured the US that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets.

While India is among the world's largest producers and consumers of a range of crop and livestock commodities, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects that India will continue to be an important importer of dairy products, vegetable oils, pulses, tree nuts, and fruit and that it will continue to be a major exporter of rice, cotton, and buffalo meat.

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