Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high, warns global report

The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises, an annual report launched today by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) – an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises […]

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Initial USDA 2021/22 world cotton outlook shows higher prices, lower stocks

World cotton consumption is expected to exceed production for the second year in a row, reducing world stocks by 3.2 million bales, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said. World cotton production is expected to rise 4.7 percent with the most significant year-over-year growth in Pakistan, Australia, Brazil, the United States, and West Africa. Global […]

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Guinea’s Simandou iron ore deposits back on China radar as global prices rise


(This story appears here courtesy our content partner MySteel Global) After 10 years of struggling and little progress in the Simandou co-development mainly between Rio Tinto and Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco), the deposits has been back on the radar in the world’s iron ore community, coincidentally with a resurgence in global iron ore prices […]

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Record wheat and barley harvests seen lifting world grains output by 40 million tonnes in 2019/20


Record harvests of wheat and barley are expected to outweigh a poorer maize crop to lift world total grains — wheat and coarse grains — production by 40m t in 2019/20, to 2,177m, only modestly below the all-time peak in 2016/17, the International Grains Council (IGC) said in its latest monthly report. Consumption is forecast to climb […]

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