Rabobank expects global sugar deficit of 6.7 MMT during ’19/20 season

Rabobank anticipates a 6.7million metric tonne global deficit through the 2019-20 season (i.e., between October 2019 and September 2020), as deep cuts in Thai and Indian production are partially offset by higher prospects for Brazil.  Looking ahead to 2020/21, the analysts’ early expectations point to ...Read more

FAO urges G20 to ensure non-disruption of food value chain

The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, has urged leaders from the G20 countries to take measures for global food systems to continue to work well, particularly in relation to access to food for the world's poor and most vulnerable during the...Read more

Zespri cautions of COVID-19 disturbance hazard

Kiwifruit promoter Zespri has flagged the danger of low returns for producers this season as it attempts to survey the potential for upset conveyances in worldwide markets and picker deficiencies here. The firm, which has sent its first payload of SunGold natural product to Japan this season, said interest for ne...Read more

ISF World Seed Congress in Capetown postponed to 2022

As developments move forward with the coronavirus, the International Seed Federation (ISF) sent out a letter recently to announce that the ISF World Seed Congress in Capetown, South Africa, is postponed until 2022. “During these unpredictable times, one thing is certain: the health and well-being of our mem...Read more

World food prices dipped in Feb as Covid19 hit demand: FAO

World food prices slipped in February, ending four months of successive increases, with the spread of coronavirus dampening demand for some products, the United Nations food agency said in recent.  The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of ce...Read more

Arctic ‘doomsday vault’ set to receive 60,000 seeds samples  

    The seeds are to be deposited in the vault inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole. Extinction risk “As the pace of climate change and biodiversity loss increases, there is new urgency s...Read more