GFM Network News

Farmer Anil Salunkhe feeds strawberries to a cow during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Satara district in India’s Maharashtra state on April 1, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Rajendra Jadhav)

How COVID-19 is upending global food supply chains

Cows fed strawberries in India, watermelons rot in U.S., okra not reaching Canada

Satara/Singapore/London | Reuters — In the fertile Satara district in western India, farmers are putting their cattle on an unorthodox diet: Some feed iceberg lettuce to buffalo. Others feed strawberries to cows. It’s not a treat. They can either feed their crops to animals or let them spoil. And other farmers are doing just that

Reginald Conyers, a traveling busker, plays the trumpet outside a Safeway while people observing social distancing wait in line to enter the store  in Oakland on March 20, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kate Munsch)

Panic buying, lockdowns may drive world food inflation

World has ample grain and oilseed supplies, FAO and analysts say

Singapore | Reuters — Lockdowns and panic food buying due to the coronavirus pandemic could ignite world food inflation even though there are ample supplies of staple grains and oilseeds in key exporting nations, a senior economist at FAO and agricultural analysts said. The world’s richest nations poured unprecedented aid into the global economy as

Photo: Thinkstock

Brazil cuts into U.S. soybean market share in China

Reuters – Brazil is expected to win a larger share of China’s soybean imports in coming months, hitting U.S. exporters during the peak marketing season for their most valuable farm product as the world grapples with a fifth consecutive bumper crop. China is expected to buy about five million tonnes of soybeans from Brazil for

Brazil’s massive annual soybean harvests are making it the market mover in this crop.

Brazil cuts into U.S. soybean market share with China sales

Near-perfect weather in Latin America seen to supply soybean glut and fuel competition for sales

Brazil is muscling in on the peak season for U.S. soybean sales to China, the world’s biggest buyer, as major producers vie to slim down bulging stockpiles after four years of record global output. In deals signed recently, exporters from the Latin American country have sold four shipments to China for delivery in November and

wheat heads

Australian wheat output seen near record

Rainy forecasts could lead to quality issues and fewer markets, especially if the rain continues

Australia is expected to harvest a near-record wheat crop in 2016-17, slightly ahead of official estimates, a Reuters poll shows, but recent heavy rains may lead to quality downgrades and curb exports. The world’s fourth-largest wheat exporter is set to produce 28.35 million tonnes, a poll of 10 analysts and traders found, just ahead of