World production of major cereals seen declining in 2022, first time in four years

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World production of major cereals is expected to decline in 2022 for the first time in four years, while global utilisation is also seen down, for the first time in 20 years, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). However, the use of cereals for direct food consumption […]

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Fresh risks to food security from high food and agricultural input prices, says FAO

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The global food import bill is on course to hit a new record of US$1.8 trillion this year, but higher prices and transport costs rather than volumes account for the bulk of the expected increase, according to a new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). “Worryingly, many vulnerable countries are […]

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Vegetable oil and maize pull down global food commodity prices in April – FAO

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World food commodity prices decreased in April after a large jump the previous month, led by modest declines in the prices of vegetable oils and cereals, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 158.5 points in April 2022, down 0.8 percent from the all-time high reached […]

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Prized as ingredients, vulnerable wild plants face surging demand

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You may not realise it, but numerous products made with vulnerable wild plants are probably scattered around your home. A wander through the kitchen may reveal Brazil nuts in your cupboard, gum arabic in your soda and liquorice in your herbal tea. Your bathroom may have lotions containing shea butter or skincare products made with baobab or argan oil. Frankincense or jatamansi may be found on the bedroom’s table, as […]

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FAO calls for import financing facility as food prices surge due to the Ukraine war

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is calling for a global Food Import Financing Facility (FIFF) to help poorer countries deal with surging prices as a result of the war in Ukraine. The FIFF, which is also aimed at increasing global agricultural production and productivity in a sustainable way, is one of six policy […]

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War drives large increases in global prices for wheat, maize, and vegetable oils

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World food commodity prices made a significant leap in March to reach their highest levels ever, as war in the Black Sea region spread shocks through markets for staple grains and vegetable oils, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 159.3 points in March, up 12.6 percent […]

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