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


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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The war in Europe opens up India opportunity for trade route

The Russia-Ukraine war and the stringent sanctions on Russia by the West have thrown up more opportunities for India’s businesses than earlier anticipated. Defence production and maintenance, shipbuilding and oil refining are three areas where Indian firms are already beneficiaries or have at least received enquiries from potential importers. India’s petroleum products exports, which surged […]

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Asia growth slows on commodities, Covid and rising interest rates


Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific is poised to slow more than previously estimated this year amid headwinds from the war in Ukraine, a resurgent pandemic, and tightening global financial conditions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. “Regional gross domestic product will expand by 4.9 percent, 0.5 percentage points less than we forecast in […]

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Food and energy price shocks from Ukraine war could last for years, says World Bank


The war in Ukraine has dealt a major shock to commodity markets, altering global patterns of trade, production, and consumption in ways that will keep prices at historically high levels through the end of 2024, according to the World Bank’s latest Commodity Markets Outlook report. The increase in energy prices over the past two years has been […]

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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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IMF lowers global economic growth to 3.6% due to the Ukraine war


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its global economic growth forecast lower at 3.6% this year and the next due to the war in Ukraine and new bottlenecks in supply chains due to Covid-related lockdowns in China. “Compared to our January forecast, we have revised our projection for global growth downwards to 3.6 percent […]

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