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Category: Food Security

UAE: Open-skies deals with UAE, Qatar and New Zealand

| 03/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Open-skies deals with UAE, Qatar and New Zealand

New open-skies deals with the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait underpin a five-year strategy by New Zealand to strengthen trade, investment and partnerships with GCC countries.

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UAE Minister to visit Macedonia and Kosovo

| 10/06/2013 | Reply
UAE Minister to visit Macedonia and Kosovo

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, on Sunday will lead a delegation on an official visit to Macedonia and Kosovo as part of efforts to promote economic, trade and investment cooperation with the two friendly countries.

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UAE: Over-dependence on imported food is dangerous

| 08/06/2013 | Reply
UAE: Over-dependence on imported food is dangerous

A demand-supply mismatch could increase price volatility in the global food and commodities market that could increase the vulnerability of GCC consumers who mostly rely on imported foodstuffs.

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UAE: Arab World needs over $ 80 bn in agricultural investment to fill food gap

| 02/04/2013 | Reply
UAE: Arab World needs over $ 80 bn in agricultural investment to fill food gap

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum confirmed the importance of regional cooperation and joint Arab action in regional projects. Arab communities are facing many challenges in light of the regional economic blocs in the world.

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Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

| 29/03/2013 | Reply
Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

A London-listed company which owns swaths of the world’s most fertile farmland in the Ukraine and Poland was snapped up yesterday by a consortium of Saudi Arabian investors for £61.5m.

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UAE: Dubai Chamber highlights investment opportunities in the food sector

| 27/02/2013 | Reply
UAE: Dubai Chamber highlights investment opportunities in the food sector

Highlighting the challenges faced by the Halal food sector, Saleh Lootah pointed at the lack of awareness about it and minimal investment in innovation, research and development, lack of options provided to the consumers as well as the competition between global and local brands.

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UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

Gulfood 2013 was opened on Monday in Dubai with the participation of 110 countries participating, representing food producers, manufacturers and suppliers from their respective countries in a show to facilitate billions of dollars in trade for these states.

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Opinion: The Global Farmland Rush

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: The Global Farmland Rush

OVER the last decade, as populations have grown, capital has flowed across borders and crop yields have leveled off, food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture. Poor governments have embraced these deals.

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Opinion: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

| 17/01/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the “miracle grain of the Andes”, but ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.

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UAE seeking investment in Halal food in Cambodia

| 03/10/2012 | Reply
UAE seeking investment in Halal food in Cambodia

Dubai will prepare specific plans to investment in Cambodia in halal food production for the products to be exported to their country. They will return to Cambodia again in May next year with the specific investment plans.

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Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

| 16/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

A scene from the YouTube version of the “Innocence of Muslims,” has been seen as the spark for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world. Is food insecurity the tinder for this blaze?

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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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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USA: New research reveals unintended environmental consequences of U.S. beef farmers

| 27/07/2012 | Reply
USA: New research reveals unintended environmental consequences of U.S. beef farmers

If technologies were withdrawn, 17 million more acres of land and 138 billion more gallons of water would be required to produce the same total amount of beef. 18 million extra metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) would be released in the United States alone.

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International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia is providing the bulk of the funds, promising $3.25bn to help the goverment improve infrastructure and security. Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is on the brink of food crisis.

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UAE: Ensuring food security of the UAE

| 19/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Ensuring food security of the UAE

In recent years, the UAE has seen a steady rise in food imports. Food consumption in the UAE has been growing at the rate of 12 per cent per year and, within this, the demand for food staples has increased by 30 per cent, according to the Ministry of Economy.

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UAE: Population growth spurs demand for food

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Population growth spurs demand for food

Many international suppliers which export food to the UAE are reporting double digit growth in the last year. This growing demand is reflected in the high attendance figures of Gulfood 2012 which has attracted a sell-out participation from 88 countries and 110 international pavilions.

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Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

| 23/09/2011 | Reply
Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

By Greg Lindsay Why have global food prices spiked not once, but twice in the last three years, raising the specter of famine and triggering worldwide food riots–including the Arab Spring? [1] Many explanations have been floated, including climate change-related droughts in Australia, volatile oil prices, “food security” export restrictions, and last but not least, […]

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Saudi Arabia: Central bank sees moderate inflation

| 21/08/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Central bank sees moderate inflation

Saudi Arabia imports the bulk of its food needs. Muhammad al-Jasser, the governor of Sama, the country’s central bank, has repeatedly said that inflationary pressures, caused mainly by an increase in global food prices, are worrying.

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High Food Prices Threaten Poorest: World Bank

| 21/08/2011 | Reply
High Food Prices Threaten Poorest: World Bank

Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned on Monday. Global food prices in July were 33% higher than a year ago.

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