Tag Archives: agriculture

January 22, 2014

Rain falls, crops increase; prices fall, then what?

For agriculture commodities, droughts mean no water, no crops, and price increases driven by scarcity. That was the scenario in 2012 in the US with drought-ravaged corn production. 2013 was another story.  The Wall Street Journal reported  that thanks to good weather conditions, “production in [&hellip…

June 19, 2013

Better food systems for better nutrition

On Thursday, June 13, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released its annual report on global agricultural markets, titled “The State of Food and Agriculture 2013: Food Systems for Better Nutrition.”  As always, it makes for interesting and thought-provoking reading. The FAO’s latest [&hellip…

May 20, 2013

A 1,700-year-old method for getting food to hungry people

The FT Global Commodities Summit was held in Switzerland last month, a gathering of 300 senior executives and traders to debate the key issues facing the commodities industry. The keynote speaker was Greg Page, CEO of Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural trading house. He gave [&hellip…

March 4, 2013

Markets for the nine billion

Every year, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) puts out a report called The State of Food Insecurity in the World. We came across this year’s report when it was referenced in a J.P. Morgan Global Commodities Research note. Both the FAO report [&hellip…