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  • In the coming decade, low- and middle-income countries will be the main sources of food demand for basic commodities. USDA predicts developing countries will account for 80% or more of the increase in global demand for meat, grains, oilseeds and cotton. These regions have young and growing populations and incomes that are on the rise.

  • International food commodity prices dipped in October, as falling dairy, meat and vegetable oils prices more than offset a surge in sugar prices, according to the United Nations.

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, averaged 163,5 points in October, down 0,9% from September and 7,4% below its level a year earlier.

    The FAO Dairy Price Index led the overall decline, slipping 4,8% from the previous month and 34% below the peak reached in February 2014. The weaker prices reflect increased export supplies across all major dairy products, especially from New Zealand.

    The FAO Meat Price Index declined 2,0% from September, with ovine, pig, bovine and poultry meat all posting drops due mostly to abundant export supplies.

    The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index fell by 1,5%, its ninth consecutive monthly drop, to reach its lowest level since April 2009. The latest slide was mostly driven by sluggish global import demand for palm oil and large inventories held by the commodity’s major exporting countries. International soya oil prices increased slightly. 

  • As project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors gathered at the Africa Investment Forum to make deals on investment opportunities, leaders of the continent’s  top agribusiness companies shared their thoughts on the future of the industry.

  • Poor diets are undermining the health of one in three of the world's people, an independent panel of food and agriculture experts has warned.

  • We are all familiar with erosion and the soil’s ability to wear away, but few people associate soil with growing upward.

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