Asian container ports are the most efficient, says report

Asian container ports are the most efficient in the world, dominating the Top 50 spots according to the new global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) launched by the World Bank and IHS Markit. The report scored ports against different metrics, making the efficiency ranking comparable around the globe by assessing and standardizing for different ship […]

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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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Global coal demand fell by 4% in 2020: IEA

Global coal demand declined 4% in 2020, the biggest drop since World War II. The main driver of the decline was lower electricity demand due to Covid-19 restrictions and the resulting economic downturn, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual Global Energy Review said.  Overall, declines in the power sector accounted for over 40% of lower […]

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Global wheat production in 2021 to hit a record 780 million tonnes: FAO forecast

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Global wheat production in 2021 is likely to increase and hit a new record of 780 million tonnes, according to FAO’s preliminary forecast, as expectations of a rebound in production in the European Union more than offset weather-impacted production prospects for output in the Russian Federation.  Maize production in South Africa is expected to reach […]

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