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Five ways COVID-19 is impacting the food industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant human tragedy with over 2.5 million lives lost so far. In addition, and very much secondary to that immense loss, the economic costs continue to mount. The IMF estimates that global GDP contracted by – 3.5% (-4.9% in advanced economies) in 2020. Last January 2020 global GDP was forecast […]

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Reducing Food Loss to Combat Food Insecurity

Introduction Over 800 million people worldwide are starving or malnourished, with many more considered food insecurity. At the same time, around one-third of all food produced globally is lost or wasted at some point in the supply chain, amounting to over 1 billion tonnes every year. Reducing the amount of food lost by 25% would […]

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The Growth of hydroponics in the GCC

Introduction Hydroponics is essentially a soil-less method of growing crops, which uses 90% less water than conventional agriculture. Given the water scarcity issues in the Middle East, it is clear why hydroponics is a good fit for the region. As Arab nations place increasing emphasis on self-sufficiency, investments in hydroponic farming are increasing. Suitability to […]

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Food Technology for Food Security in Africa

Introduction Demand for food in Africa is set to dramatically increase over the next 30 years, with the continent’s population predicted to double to over 2.2 billion by 2050. Agricultural and food technology, in all of its forms, has an important role to play in increasing production to match the increasing demand. Current Situation Agricultural […]

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How can food supply chain become more sustainable?

Introduction The concept of sustainability is based upon three pillars; environmental, social and economic sustainability. For the purpose of this exercise, we can assume that food chains are already economically viable. It is worth mentioning, however, that introducing environmental and social aspects to operations can also improve profitability. Food supply chains include every part of […]

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What now for the food sector? 5 trading update takeaways

In addition to the immense tragic human cost of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic costs continue to mount.  The IMF estimates that global GDP will contract by – 3% in 2020, much worse than the 2008/2009 financial crisis.  Only last January 2020 global GDP was forecast to expand by + 3.3% in 2020. The food […]

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Blockchain in Agriculture: Solving Agri-Food Supply Chain Issues with New-Tech

There are factors of the agri-food supply chain that can be addressed by implementing blockchain in agriculture technology. Challenges ranging from consumer demand for more information and greater transparency around the food they buy, to record-keeping and food integrity issues; this promising new technology may hold the answer. The Agri-food supply chain The global agri-food […]

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Pause on agribusiness investment as Coronavirus eats away at certainties

Efforts to contain the coronavirus means agribusiness investment is in suspended animation. Should the global economic pause be ended within a relatively short timeframe, there is reason to believe that business, as usual, will return. If disruption is more prolonged, certain types of investment are likely to suffer. Henry Wilkes, a London-based agricultural investment advisor, […]

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The processed food industry: how does it meet the consumer perception challenge?

61% of consumers believe that there are health benefits in modern food processing. With changing consumer preferences and trends driving innovation in the food industry, we investigate what it means to choose ‘fresh’ over-processed and whether it’s possible to truly buy food that’s straight from the ground or tree it grew from, or the farm […]

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Vegan revolution: 4 vegan trends affecting agriculture investment

2019 is the “Year of the Vegan”, according to The Economist. Millennials are leading the trend and shifting the way businesses and governments think about veganism. WIth many studies outlining the health and environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet, the growing shift towards sustainability is disrupting the industry.   Listed as one of the […]

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