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“The fundamentals of demand growth in Southeast Asia will repeat the North Asia scenario,” predicts U.S. Grains Council Southeast Asia Regional Director Adel Yusupov after three weeks of visits with local traders, feed millers, and multinational trading houses.
That scenario includes “high reliance on imports of feedstuffs, a decline in local crop production, and strengthening local feed and livestock sectors,” he says.
By Erick Erickson, U.S. Grains Council Special Assistant for Planning, Evaluation and Projects
In the coming years, issues of agricultural trade and food security with the developing world will take on added significance. With a wealth of experience and acumen in these areas and more, trade expert Ellen Levinson will moderate an insightful panel discussion at the U.S. Grains Council’s 51st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting July 25-27 in San Francisco, Calif.
According to a leader in the Indian poultry industry, “This is the decade of agriculture – things have to change.” This was a consistent theme encountered earlier this month by a U.S. Grains Council team of India market specialists who kicked off the first round of the Council’s “agricultural dialogue series.”
The agricultural dialogue series is a new Council initiative designed to develop an innovative approach to market development in India. It’s funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emerging Markets Programs.
The long-running Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations is evolving toward a focus on the “horizontal process,” with countries moving to prioritize demands and make concessions between agricultural trade, manufacturing and services, according to Rebecca Bratter, U.S. Grains Council director of trade development.
By Rebecca Bratter, U.S. Grains Council Director of Trade Development
2.5 billion. That’s the combined population of China and India. It’s also a number representing a growing need in the world today, the need to secure future food supplies for countries with exploding middle class populations.
An emerging middle class numbering nearly 200 million people backed by continued strong economic growth – anticipated to be 8.8 percent this year – is raising food security concerns within India, according to U.S. Grains Council leaders who were on the Council’s Officers Mission to India this week.
The goal of the U.S. Grains Council’s distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) marketing programs is to gain access to a market and increase the rate of the adoption of the product into commercial feed rations using various means such as nutritional education, feeding trials. The mission is accomplished by product quality and pricing seminars and reducing trade barriers.