Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 270

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Water is the fundamental natural resource which is essential for all economic, social and ecosystem functioning. This week’s quote comes from UNESCO’s Water for a sustainable worldand highlights the expected increase in water demand over the next 34 years.

“Global water demand is largely influenced by population growth, urbanization, food and energy security policies, and macro-economic processes such as trade globalization, changing diets and increasing consumption. By 2050, global water demand is projected to increase by 55%, mainly due to growing demands from manufacturing, thermal electricity generation and domestic use.”

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CONSUMER DEMAND FOR ‘CLEAN FOOD’ DRIVING ASIA’S INDOOR AGRICULTURE MARKET

Asian demand for ‘clean food’ amid rising pollution, food scandals and increasing discomfort around the use of pesticides, is driving the region’s indoor agriculture sector, according to a new whitepaper ‘The Rise of Asia’s Indoor Agriculture Industry’.

From melamine in baby food to tainted meat served at fast food restaurant KFC, Chinese consumers are looking for more information about the source of their food. And concerns about radiation exposure in Japan following the Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 269

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Protein consumption in emerging economies is on the rise. This week’s quote comes from Rural Industry Futures: megatrends impacting Australian agriculture over the coming twenty years and demonstrates how demand for beef and dairy is expected to increase by 2050.

“It is estimated by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture that beef consumption in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member States will increase 120 per cent and dairy consumption will double by the year 2050.”

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NEW GUIDE SHOWS HOW MAIZE, RICE, AND WHEAT ARE GROWN TO BOOST YIELDS, REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – especially the crucial goals of zero hunger and zero poverty by 2030 – requires a global transition to more productive, inclusive and sustainable agriculture.

This week, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) makes what we believe are two important contributions to that transition. First, this week it released, Save and Grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat, a new guide which shows how the three crops fundamental to world food security can be grown in…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 268

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from The New Climate Economy report and makes the case for strategic investment and policy interventions to sharply increase agricultural productivity and reduce pressures on resources.

“Rapid population growth, urbanisation, rising incomes, and resource constraints are putting enormous pressure on agriculture and forests, which are crucial to food security and livelihoods… These factors together with attractive opportunities to boost investment in well-managed land use systems, make agriculture a top-priority sector for both economic and climate policy, particularly in developing countries.”

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BEEF-PRODUCING PROPERTIES TO TOP RURAL INVESTMENTS IN 2016: CBRE

Rural properties geared towards beef production will be the most sought-after assets by agribusiness investors in 2015, according to both CBRE and Colliers International.

Also in demand will be dairy properties, irrigated row cropping properties, dryland cropping properties and key timberland assets, said Danny Thomas, regional director at CBRE Agribusiness.

Mr Thomas said beef assets would ping loudest on the radars of an increasing pool of investors in 2016, with the recent US interest rate rise driving down the Australian dollar and providing a positive…

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