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Food and Agribusiness

In the wake of lockdowns, a potential food crisis looms

On March 31, the heads of three global agencies warned of a potential worldwide food shortage if countries failed to ensure food security while enacting measures to control the spread of Covid-19. “Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market,” said the joint text signed […]

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Accredited ‘safe’ vegetables help Vietnamese farmers earn more

Farmers in Northwest Vietnam are accessing a new path to market for their vegetables—via an accreditation program—to help them sell into high-value modern retail markets in Hanoi. The region’s favourable climate and soil conditions are suitable for growing tropical, subtropical and some temperate vegetables. Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) provides guidelines on how to grow […]

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USDA Announces Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans Now Extended to 12 Months

Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities. Spring is the season […]

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ADIO to invest US$100 million in four global AgTech pioneers

Four agriculture technology (AgTech) pioneers will build new facilities in Abu Dhabi dedicated to developing next generation agriculture in arid and desert agriculture. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office, ADIO, has partnered individually with AeroFarms, Madar Farms, RNZ and Responsive Drip Irrigation, RDI. The investment office has launched a targeted incentive programme in 2019 to accelerate […]

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States told to ensure no hurdles to agri exports

The Government of India (GoI) has asked states to ensure that farmers don’t face any problems in shipping exportable items during the lockdown. India is a big exporter of agricultural products with an agri export revenue of $38 billion in 2018-19. The government has identified 21 agricultural products, including honey, potatoes, grapes, soybeans and groundnuts, […]

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Changing Agricultural Perspectives: ‘Agri at Heart’ to ‘Agri-Smart’

Agriculture is an important and sustainable contributor to Jamaica’s economic development. Its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 was 7.2 per cent. In the same year the sector was identified as the second-largest employer of labour, employing 15.1 per cent of the labour force. In fact, three out of every four farmers […]