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A dried-up well in South India shows how serious concerns are about water for farmers in Kadambur, a village near Chennai India. Credit: ADMI/K.Wozniak

Things Are Heating Up in India: Day 2

By: Shannon Dolehide and Ashley McInerney, Juniors in Supply Chain Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The following post was written by students on an ADM Institute-sponsored observation study tour through India – March 22, 2015.  When we signed up for the 2015 Agricultural Supply Chains in India study tour, we knew it would be […]

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Afghanistan Inaugurates First Strategic Grain Reserve

The World Food Programme and Afghan officials inaugurated the first Strategic Grain Reserve in the country. This important measure will protect food supplies against commonly faced natural disasters and help stabilize local wheat prices in times of shortage. Officials state that this is a first step in an initiative to develop and improve food system […]

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Improper Storage Facilities Causing Huge Losses

Storage facilities in Pakistan are far below sector requirements, causing billions of dollars in losses each year. Cases of inclement weather aggravate the problem, as demonstrated in 2011 when flooding caused the loss of grain worth $3.27 billion dollars. http://www.brecorder.com/business-a-economy/189/1207326/

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World Food Prices Stable, Low Stocks Pose Risk of Spikes: U.N.

FAO reports improved conditions as world food prices stabilized in January and crop outputs are expected to be favorable in 2013. The UN agency also reports that unexpected weather changes could pose serious risks as global reserves remain tight. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-food-fao-idUSBRE9160A220130207

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Nilam’s After-Effect: AP Incurs Rs 1,710 cr Crop Losses

Cyclone Nilam caused over $310 million worth of losses in Andhra Pradesh, India, of which 94% was paddy and cotton. The state government is now working to secure relief funds and to make adjustments to crop loan and insurance schemes, although some believe the government was not adequately prepared to mitigate damages before they happened. […]

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Weather and Climate

Natural disasters, extreme weather, and climate change can cause significant levels of crop loss. Storms like Hurricane Sany and the Tamil Cyclone have flooded fields and ruined crops while hardhitting droughts continue to cripple major grain suppliers in the United States. A major challenge facing stakeholders of the global food system is to reduce postharvest […]

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Gambia: Stakeholders Draw Lessons From 2011 Crop Failure

Stakeholders met in Gambia to assess the responses and aftermath of the nation’s March 2011 crop failures. Participants, including the Gambian government and the WFP, agreed on the need to reduce negative impacts of droughts, floods, and other natural disasters, which are occuring nearly every year versus a typical rate of once every five years. […]

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U.S. Drought Worsening, Wheat Crop Suffering

The FAO predicts the balance of world cereal supply and demand will be tighter in 2012-2013 than in 2011-2012 due to climate effects. The US drought continues with over half the country suffering at least moderate conditions. Prices are projected to be high, though India stands to benefit. On Saturday, the Food Corporation of India will […]

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Early Harvest Causing Grain Storage Shortage

Grain elevators in the central United States are experiencing shortages after this year’s unusual weather patterns. Early harvests are causing demand for storage to occur in ways elevator managers do not normally plan for. Temporary storage capacities are being utilized but numbers of grain piles on the ground continue to increase. Each pile loses an […]

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KENYA Food Security Outlook

Kenyan news sources report that despite a new disease affecting its maize crop, production will increase in the future due to rains brought on by El Nino. However, transportation infrastructure may suffer, hindering access to markets. The food insecure population is expected to increase as well. http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/kenya%20july-december%202012%20outlook%20report_final_1.pdf

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