Global mining output in February hits three–year low; Asia continues to hold the greatest rewards


Mining production globally registered its fourth consecutive contraction, falling 7.5 per cent year-on-year in February compared to a 3.3 per cent fall the previous month, Statistics South Africa said in a report. This registers as the largest fall in production since March 2016 when output fell 17.4 per cent year-on-year.  Diamonds, iron ore and gold […]

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ICO raises 2018-19 global coffee surplus forecast


The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has raised its forecast for global coffee production in 2018/19 to 168.05 million 60-kg bags from its earlier estimate of 167.47 million. World consumption in coffee year 2018/19 is estimated at 164.99 million bags compared to 161.38 million bags in 2017/18. The inter-governmental body now sees a global surplus of […]

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Global coal demand up 0.7 per cent in 2018, largely due to Asia: IEA


Global coal demand totaled 3.778 billion tonnes of oil equivalent (Btoe) in 2018, up 0.7 per cent on the year, bolstered largely by increased use in India and Southeast Asia, according to data released by the International Energy Agency. Coal rode the wave of increased demand from several Asian countries, as global energy demand grew […]

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Growth Holding Up in Asia and the Pacific, Trade Tensions Pose Risks – ADB


Growth remains stable across most of developing Asia due to robust domestic demand, buoyant oil and gas prices, and a consolidation of India’s growth rebound, but escalating trade tensions will test the region’s resilience, a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report said. In an update of its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018, ADB maintained […]

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Megatrends such as urbanisation, obesity, politics impacting Asia’s food systems – report


Megatrends such as urbanisation, burden of obesity and undernutrition and politics are driving the divides in Asian food systems and managing them is increasingly proving to be a challenge for policymakers and the private sector, a report on Asian food systems pointed out. According to the report “Separate Tables: Bringing together Asia’s food systems,” urbanisation […]

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