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African Swine Fever May Spread To Europe FAO

African swine fever (ASF), a viral disease harmless to people but lethal to pigs, is likely to spread beyond Russia and the Caucasus region into Europe, the United Nations’ food agency said May 26. ASF, for which there is no vaccine, is now established in Georgia, Armenia and southern Russia, with an increasing number of

Food Costs At Records, UN Warns Of Volatile Era

Record-high global food prices showed no sign of relenting following a rash of catastrophic weather, highlighted by a major U.S. snowstorm and a cyclone in Australia, which could put yet more pressure on prices and spark further unrest around the world. The closely watched UN Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index touched its highest


Food Prices Near 2008 Levels

World food prices have come close to the 2007-08 crisis levels after a spike in October, but global supplies are stronger now and cereal prices remain well below critical levels, the UN’s food agency economist said Nov. 2. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index hit the highest level in 27 months in

FAO Sees Bigger 2010 Grain Crops, Price Pressure

World cereals output is expected to rise this year to near-record highs, swelling overall supplies and putting pressure on already weakened prices, the UN’s food agency said June 3. The global wheat output is forecast to fall for the third consecutive year, but at 676.5 million tonnes it would still be close to 2008 record

FAO Sees Less Wheat, More Coarse Grains

World wheat output could fall by five per cent in 2010 after two bumper crop years, but coarse grain output may rise, the United Nations’ food agency said. Wheat-planted areas in the United States dropped to the lowest level in almost a century because of bad weather and falling prices, the UN Food and Agriculture


World Meat Demand Growing

REGION PER CAPITA MEAT CONSUMPTION (KG/PERSON/YEAR) East and South Asia and the Pacific Latin America and the Caribbean North America and Europe Sub-Saharan Africa * Following is a table with projections of meat consumption in different regions: Central and West Asia and North Africa 2050 33 51 77 89 22 2020 20 28 58 83

Buying Of Developing Countries’ Farmland Slows: UN

“Maybe some of them don’t want to take this political risk, reputational risk and economic risk.” – JEAN-PHILIPPE AUDINET, IFAD The pace at which investors in richer countries have been buying farmland in developing nations has slowed with the fall in food prices this year from peaks hit in 2008, United Nations farming experts said

Food Majors Triple Investment In Ending Hunger

World majors in agriculture and food sectors have tripled their investments in boosting global food security but need to spend more to help eradicate hunger, participants at an international forum said Nov. 12. With the number of hungry people rising to a record 1.02 billion this year, up 100 million from 2008, the United Nations’


Italian Farmers Set Up Holding Company For Trading

Italian farmers have joined forces to set up a national holding company for trading in cereals and other agricultural business to overcome economic crisis together, executives of the new company said Oct. 16. The holding company, Consorzi Agrari d’Italia, unites 23 agricultural consortia representing nearly one-third of Italian farms. It accounts for 20 per cent

World Food Output Must Rise

The world will have to produce 70 per cent more food by 2050 to feed a projected extra 2.3 billion people and as incomes rise, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said Sept. 23. Global cereals demand for food and animal feed is expected to rise to three billion tonnes by 2050 and more