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03.11.2009 10:08

World Wheat Prices Seen Doubling In Next 3 Decades - IFPRI Exec

03.11.2009 10:08

World wheat prices are expected to double in the next three decades, with an increase of up to 20% in the next decade, Joachim von Braun, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, told Dow Jones Newswires Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a Food Security conference in London, von Braun said wheat is the most “troubled” grain crop going forward due to an expected increased incidence of disease combined with a lack of yield increases.

27.10.2009 07:32

Russian Banks Count Pigs, Lingerie as Collateral

27.10.2009 07:32

When Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev’sOAO National Reserve Bank seized collateral offered against a loan from a cash-strapped borrower, a health quarantine was slapped on the security: 40,450 pigs. “We had a court decision to take away the collateral, which is the pigs,” Lebedev, 49, said in an interview in Moscow. The borrower, a farm near Samara on the Volga river, agreed “with the local authorities to establish a quarantine” against African swine fever. The former KGB officer is still waiting to collect the pigs offered against a loan of 100 million rubles ($3.5 million). A kilogram of live pig costs an average of 78.4 rubles, the National Meat Association says.

19.10.2009 06:10

UN Food Chief: Economic Crisis Requires Swift Action On Hunger

19.10.2009 06:10

“The current [economic] crisis is historically unprecedented in several ways,” Diouf said in the speech at the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters in Rome. “As developing countries are more financially
and commercially integrated in the world economy, a drop in the global demand or supply and in credit availability had immediate repercussions on them,” he said.

19.10.2009 05:33

Growing Global Demand To Drive Food Prices Higher - StanChart

19.10.2009 05:33

Food prices are likely to increase due to rising global demand, which could also fuel the risk of protectionist trade measures in future, Standard Chartered bank said Friday.

02.10.2009 13:07

World economy gropes on road to recovery amid mixed signs

02.10.2009 13:07

As the International Monetary Fund(IMF) and the World Bank annual meetings approach as another arena for policy makers to discuss ways to resume and sustain growth, the world economy is scrabbling on the way out of the deepest recession since the 1930s.


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