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    1. May 21, 2015

      Ghana cocoa delays spark fears over country’s reliability

      Chocolate lovers beware. Delays of shipments from Ghana, the world’s second-largest cocoa grower, have stoked concerns among...

    2. May 20, 2015

      Technology helps feed a hungry world

      Until recently, data analytics, apps, web-enabled sensors and robotics had little to do with the world of soil, fertiliser...

    3. May 20, 2015

      Chinese companies accused of west Africa fish pillage

      Chinese fishing companies are engaged in systematic pillaging of west African fisheries on a huge scale, according to a new...

    4. May 19, 2015

      Cocoa hits 7-month high on Ghana worries

      Cocoa hit a seven-month high backed by continuing worries about production in Ghana and the potential weather effects of El...

    5. May 14, 2015

      US fears over China clampdown on sorghum

      The surging US sorghum trade with China could face a clampdown from authorities in Beijing, who are trying to reduce...

    6. May 13, 2015

      Commodity markets wary of false alarm as El Niño blows back

      After a five-year absence, El Niño is back. The last time the weather event emerged in 2009-10, droughts damaged crops in...

    7. May 12, 2015

      El Niño confirmation puts farmers and climate specialists on alert

      Farmers, commodity investors and climate specialists are braced for extreme weather this year after Australia’s meteorology...

    8. May 12, 2015

      Meat production could be the answer for Brazil

      Brazil’s abundant natural resources are a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask. The share of raw materials in...

    9. May 10, 2015

      Global supply chains face heightened risks

      The risk of disruption to corporate supply chains is running at an almost record high, according to an index created by the...

    10. May 7, 2015

      Global food bill set for five-year low

      The world’s food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015 as plentiful supplies, lower freight rates and...

    11. May 6, 2015

      Wheat heavyweights battle for global market share

      An Australian agricultural official asked a pointed question at a recent conference: “Are we at risk of becoming the poor...

    12. May 5, 2015

      Bears feast on strong coffee crop forecasts

      A leading coffee trader upgraded its Brazilian crop figures for this year, adding to the increasing bearishness over supply...

    13. May 3, 2015

      Life looks sweeter for RGF as it offloads sugar business

      Real Good Food group’s name is a nightmare for lovers of the English language. As a sugar merchant and maker of cake...

    14. April 30, 2015

      Bunge rules out transformational deals

      Bunge, the international agricultural trader, said it was looking for smaller acquisitions rather than a transformational...

    15. April 29, 2015

      Race begins for dominance in EU sugar market

      The starter’s gun for consolidation of the European sugar industry has been fired — ahead of the introduction of reforms —...

    16. April 29, 2015

      Artisan drinkers provide perk for coffee

      North America’s artisan coffee boom is spreading far beyond its hipster-den roots in Brooklyn and Vancouver, boosting...

    17. April 26, 2015

      Commodity trading chiefs upbeat at FT conference

      After a period of weakness in commodity markets, some of the world’s biggest traders gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva...

    18. April 23, 2015

      Olam hit at almond ‘villain’ claim over water use

      Disagreement has broken out between leading agribusiness chiefs over the cultivation of almonds in drought-stricken...

    19. April 22, 2015

      Studies strengthen insecticide link to bee population decline

      Two studies have added powerful scientific evidence to the view that agricultural pesticides are contributing to a decline...

    20. April 22, 2015

      Olam chief calls for carbon pricing in order to control emissions

      The chief executive of Olam, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, has called for carbon pricing...

    21. April 21, 2015

      California faces ‘almonds v people’ dilemma

      California needs to reconsider whether it is the best place for almonds to be grown in the face of the state’s water crisis,...

    22. April 20, 2015

      Sustainability in commodities accrues momentum

      Ensuring the metals in your mobile phone are not perpetuating conflict; knowing your coffee is not destroying the ecosystem;...

    23. April 8, 2015

      Argentine soyabean ‘stocks bubble’ set to burst

      Argentina’s soyabean “stocks bubble” is about to burst as the country’s farmers are set to sell their crops to support their...

    24. April 7, 2015

      Sorghum and barley become grain crops du jour

      Sorghum and barley have become the crops du jour for US grains farmers thanks to surging demand from China. Those who had...

    25. April 5, 2015

      FAO makes 15% upward revision of China corn stocks

      Concerns that China’s import needs for corn may have been vastly overestimated have been reinforced after the country’s...

    26. March 31, 2015

      Corn dips after surprise on US inventories

      Grain markets diverged after the US government indicated that corn supplies would remain ample for months to come,...

    27. March 30, 2015

      Higher-than-expected trading for new CME cocoa contract

      CME Group’s new euro cocoa contract saw higher-than-expected trading as two euro-based physically settled contracts were...

    28. March 30, 2015

      Weak Brazilian real drags down coffee and sugar

      What links a Latin American political bribery scandal to a cheaper cup of coffee? The answer is the Brazilian real, which...

    29. March 26, 2015

      Global grain trade hits all-time high

      The global grain trade rose to an all-time high last year thanks to international buying of barley and sorghum, according to...

    30. March 26, 2015

      Margarita Louis-Dreyfus strengthens grip on food trader with ‘supermajority’

      Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is strengthening her grip on the holding company that controls Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the...

    31. March 24, 2015

      Belaruskali shakes up potash sector

      The potash industry, which has attracted investments from leading miners such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, is being shaken...

    32. March 23, 2015

      CME and ICE to go head to head with new cocoa contracts

      Let the cocoa wars begin. On March 30, rival exchanges — the CME Group and Intercontinental Exchange — will go head to head...

    33. March 19, 2015

      Greek woes trigger meat consumption slump

      Greece saw the largest fall in meat consumption globally in 2014 as the recession hit disposable incomes amid rising prices...

    34. March 17, 2015

      Young Americans turn to tea

      If the US television sitcom Friends were to be remade today, the characters sitting in the Central Perk café would be...

    35. March 6, 2015

      Chocolate lovers face a stark choice

      Bad news for chocolate lovers. Pay more for your chocolate or risk watching your favourite product disappear from the...

    36. March 5, 2015

      China to build grain stocks and cut coal use

      China plans to continue stockpiling grain, edible oil and other commodities but will reduce its consumption of coal as it...

    37. March 4, 2015

      Time in the sun for Glencore’s agribusiness

      It was agriculture’s time in the sun at Glencore on Tuesday after the trading house revealed earnings at its grain and...

    38. February 26, 2015

      USDA slashes China corn import forecast

      The perils of forecasting the Chinese agricultural market came to the fore earlier this month when the US Department of...

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