Category: Agriculture

Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

| 03/09/2012 | Reply
Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

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New Zealand: Say Hello to Halal

| 02/09/2012 | Reply
New Zealand: Say Hello to Halal

In the latest New Zealand study, more than 36,000 people identified themselves as Muslim. Already some of our nation’s most forward-thinking companies are successfully tapping into this market. Unsurprisingly, dairy is leading the way.

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USA: Paying more for food? Blame the ethanol mandate

| 21/08/2012 | Reply
USA: Paying more for food? Blame the ethanol mandate

Expect beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, fats and oils, cereals and dairy products to go up in price the most in the coming months. Americans have already reduced their meat consumption over the past few years because of higher prices.

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UAE: Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority stresses animals welfare

| 21/06/2012 | Reply
UAE: Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority stresses animals welfare

This initiative comes in line with ADFCA’s keenness to avoid the spread on common diseases passed from animals to humans during and/or after slaughter, or when trading in any form.

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UK: Food eco labels more popular with shoppers and manufacturers

| 20/06/2012 | Reply
UK: Food eco labels more popular with shoppers and manufacturers

They used to be a hard sell for a niche agenda, but eco labels exploded on to the mainstream and now consolidation is on its way. The largest is Fairtrade, but the Ecolabel Index tracks 431 eco labels worldwide.

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USA: Alternative Meat Markets and Halal Production workshop in Norwich, NY

| 08/06/2012 | Reply
USA: Alternative Meat Markets and Halal Production workshop in Norwich, NY

During this workshop, on Wednesday, June 20th at Norwich Meadows Farm in Norwich, NY, Zaid Kurdieh will explain how Norwich Meadows Farm has expanded their farm to include on-farm Halal Processing.

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UAE: 10th Annual Organic Show, MENOPE 2012

| 19/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: 10th Annual Organic Show, MENOPE 2012

MENOPE 2012 (Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo), 27-29 November 2012, is expected to attract more regional participation this year, apart from a host of global companies who have elicited enthusiasm to be part of the show.

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USA: How Safe is Our Food? More and more countries are banning American food

| 15/05/2012 | Reply
USA: How Safe is Our Food? More and more countries are banning American food

Last week, Indonesia became the first country to halt imports of US beef following the discovery of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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Indonesia suspends US beef imports over mad cow fears

| 14/05/2012 | Reply
Indonesia suspends US beef imports over mad cow fears

US Health authorities have said the diseased animal was never a threat to the nation’s food supply, in the first case of mad cow disease in the US since 2006.

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Malaysia: HDC, IDB in talks to set up Halal investment fund

| 13/05/2012 | 1 Reply
Malaysia: HDC, IDB in talks to set up Halal investment fund

HDC CEO Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said, “We can use the fund as a mechanism and propose it to the wealthy countries like in the Middle East and Brunei to inject funds and then, channel it to IDB member countries that have the ability to produce food supply.”

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European Union Calls on Packaging Industry to Help Limit Food Waste

| 26/04/2012 | Reply
European Union Calls on Packaging Industry to Help Limit Food Waste

Ninety million tons of food is wasted each year in the European Union. The UK-based Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) is working with major food packaging companies to develop new pack technologies that increase shelf life.

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Qatar, Philippines set up joint fund

| 11/04/2012 | Reply
Qatar, Philippines set up joint fund

The proposed Philippines-Qatar Joint Investment Fund includes projects in agriculture, energy, halal food, labour, mining, petrochemicals, real estate, steel, tourism, trade and infrastructure development.

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Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

| 08/04/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Saleh Kamel revealed that the Sudanese government agreed to establish a free zone to be given to Saudi Arabia for cultivation. The area will be close to Port Sudan, to transport products easily across the Red Sea.

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Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

| 30/03/2012 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Food, Not War, Is the Biggest Threat to World Security

Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the making, says Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute.

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Opinion: Is it investment? Or a land grab?

| 26/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Is it investment? Or a land grab?

Priming it is a rush by China, India, South Korea and Gulf petro-economies to snap up land abroad to secure their food supplies. But who is buying land where – and what they are doing with it – may never be fully answered, for many transactions are never publicly announced.

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GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

| 08/03/2012 | Reply
GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) governments are investing heavily in outside farmland acquisitions and leases, along with injecting money in domestic food production industry, to secure food supplies to the region and safeguard against market fluctuations.

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Brunei: Canadian firm to assist with Food Development Centre

| 15/02/2012 | Reply
Brunei: Canadian firm to assist with Food Development Centre

Dept. of Agriculture and Agrifood’s goal is the establishment a Food Development Centre (FDC). The department has thus appointed Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd to implement the establishment of the Food Development Centre project, which is one of the projects falling under the Agrifood Development and Agriculture Biotechnology Programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2012. Statistics from 2011 showed that the agrifood industry had achieved B$57.13 million – exceeding the targeted $56.5 million.

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UAE liberalises rules for GCC companies

| 06/02/2012 | Reply
UAE liberalises rules for GCC companies

The UAE on Sunday decided to allow GCC companies to open their branches in the country with the same rights as those enjoyed by national companies in a move aimed at bolstering economic integration among the six-nation group.

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Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

| 23/12/2011 | Reply
Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

Arab countries need to invest $144 billion in agriculture between now and 2030 to meet the demand for food for their growing populations, said an Arab official.

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Thailand to cooperate with Pakistan for Halal meat

| 18/12/2011 | Reply
Thailand to cooperate with Pakistan for Halal meat

Pakistan and Thailand will extend their co operation in livestock and poultry industry sectors in the form of Halal meat preparation and exchange of faculty, students and skilled manpower.

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