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    1. February 10, 2016

      South African corn withers amid worst drought on record

      Driving through South Africa’s western corn belt in the country’s north-west province bordering Botswana, the vast...

    2. February 7, 2016

      Wanted: one careful Chinese owner

      ChemChina’s $43.8bn bid for the Swiss chemicals group Syngenta is Beijing’s most ambitious venture yet in a new wave of...

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      Brazil’s economy is sinking into recession, inflation is too high and senior figures i...
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    1. February 7, 2016

      Europe feels pain from olive oil crisis

      Europe’s consumers are facing a 20 per cent rise in the price of olive oil after bad weather and disease devastated the...

    2. February 3, 2016

      Egypt backs down on wheat imports ban

      In an abrupt reversal, Egypt’s agriculture ministry backed down on Wednesday from its previous restrictions on wheat...

    3. February 2, 2016

      Egypt cancels wheat tender amid regulatory confusion

      Egypt has cancelled its tender for wheat in a move that has caught international grain traders unprepared. The world’s...

    4. January 28, 2016

      Pistachio market faces return of ‘king of nuts’ from Iran

      It is not just the world of oil which is bracing itself for the impact of Iran’s return to the market after the recent...

    5. January 26, 2016

      China to drop domestic grain price support

      China’s policymakers have confirmed that the government will let domestic grain prices be decided by the market, with...

    6. January 18, 2016

      Salmon leaps past shrimp in global fish market

      Salmon has overtaken shrimp as the most popularly traded fish as new products have helped open up fresh markets. In...

    7. January 13, 2016

      A tale of two fisheries: Fortunes of Norway and Chile diverge

      This is the tale of two salmon producers and how the pervasive fingers of market economics pry into even the more...

    8. January 7, 2016

      South Africa and US resolve agricultural products trade dispute

      South Africa and the US said on Thursday they had resolved a long-running dispute over beef, pork and poultry that had...

    9. January 7, 2016

      Food prices slide for fourth year in row

      Food prices fell for the fourth year in a row in 2015 as plentiful supplies and the slowing global economy weighed on...

    10. January 6, 2016

      Reforms drive Argentine grain export revival

      Argentina has come back to the international wheat market with a bang. After Mauricio Macri, the new president,...

    11. January 5, 2016

      Former Cofco boss named chairman of Sinochem

      The man who turned China’s state-owned grain trader Cofco into an integrated agribusiness and led its overseas...

    12. December 18, 2015

      Congress insists on labels for GM salmon

      It is unlikely to say “Frankenfish”, but genetically modified salmon is about to gain a label. The US Congress on...

    13. December 17, 2015

      Weak consumption growth weighs on grains

      Sluggish consumption growth and plentiful supplies of grains and oilseeds will continue to weigh on world agricultural...

    14. December 17, 2015

      Black Sea wheat’s fragile link to the West

      With the view of Ottoman Empire era palaces and Byzantine monuments lining its shores, the Bosphorus may offer...

    15. December 16, 2015

      FT Seasonal Appeal: Thailand’s slave ships on the retreat

      Two big food companies have made extraordinary admissions about forced labour and a former top anti-trafficking...

    16. December 15, 2015

      New Zealand dairy herd shrinks as milk boom ends

      New Zealand’s dairy herd has shrunk for the first time in a decade as the end of the milk boom prompts farmers to cull...

    17. December 13, 2015

      US calls time on Doha trade negotiations

      The US has for the first time publicly called for the Doha Round of global trade negotiations to be abandoned, arguing...

    18. December 13, 2015

      We are at the end of the line on the Doha Round of trade talks

      This week trade ministers will gather to engage once again in the Doha Round of talks which, for all the initial hopes...

    19. December 9, 2015

      Avian flu plucks sales for US turkey farmers

      The tree is up and the presents are wrapped. But higher turkey prices threaten to damp some of the Christmas cheer...

    20. December 7, 2015

      Fertiliser market looks for return of higher growth in 2016

      After a year of stagnant growth amid low crop prices and weak emerging market economies, the international fertiliser...

    21. December 2, 2015

      Currency swings cloud agriculture price drop

      “Way down among Brazilians, coffee beans grow by the billions . . . They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil,” sang...

    22. December 1, 2015

      South Africa corn prices at 20-month high

      A prolonged drought and currency weakness in South Africa have pushed corn prices to fresh 20-month highs, raising...

    23. November 27, 2015

      Currency moves to have big impact on agri-commodities in 2016

      Currency fluctuations will affect agricultural markets in 2016 more than ever, with the US dollar expected to firm and...

    24. November 26, 2015

      FAO cuts China’s 2015 corn output number

      The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization is poised to cut its forecast of Chinese corn production for the...

    25. November 25, 2015

      US farmers turn to storage as grain prices sag

      Big white grain bags sold by Big John Mfg company of Nebraska are flying out the door. “In the last two years we’ve...

    26. November 25, 2015

      Vietnamese coffee exports set to push sales to record

      After a year of refusing to sell their beans to international buyers, Vietnamese coffee farmers are expected to return...

    27. November 23, 2015

      Dal shock hits India as pulse prices soar

      India has been gripped by “dal shock”. A shortage of pulses including peas and lentils, which are a key source of...

    28. November 6, 2015

      Room for profits in organic shopping baskets

      What is up at Whole Foods Market? The Texas-based organic supermarket chain is thriving. For years the company has kept...

    29. October 18, 2015

      Argentina: Handover fears

      Battered by gale force winds in the treacherous seas around Cape Horn, a crew of pro-government Argentine militants...

    30. October 11, 2015

      Students favour menu of food industry courses

      For MBA student Liz Spence, business school was about a lot more than making piles of money. As former project director...

    31. September 29, 2015

      Cargill to wind down $7bn hedge fund arm

      Cargill plans to part ways with most of its hedge fund business as it grapples with tough conditions in markets and...

    32. September 22, 2015

      Africa weather prompts cocoa supply fears

      Unseasonal weather in west Africa, which produces almost three-quarters of global cocoa supplies, is threatening to...

    33. September 17, 2015

      US farmers held back by dollar’s rise

      Watching the foreign exchange markets is now almost as important as reading weather reports for US farmers. The sharp...

    34. September 10, 2015

      Cost of breakfast drops to a five-year low

      At last some good news from the commodities rout — the cost of breakfast is at its lowest in five years. Prices of...

    35. September 10, 2015

      Food prices record biggest monthly drop in seven years

      Food prices have registered the largest monthly fall in seven years as the sell-off in commodities, good harvests, and...

    36. August 12, 2015

      Agricultural commodities feel the bite of weaker demand

      As traders sound the death knell of the commodities supercycle, grains prices, which rallied on increased demand from...

    37. August 10, 2015

      Coffee rallies on fears over Brazilian crop

      Worries about the size of the Brazilian beans as well as dryness in Central America and Colombia prompted the covering...

    38. July 21, 2015

      US coffee trend bodes ill for growers

      The battle of the morning brews is on. Competition in the US coffee market has intensified amid growing pressure from...

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