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  • What Can State-Level Reforms Tell Us About India’s National Food Security Act?

    Amber Waves, March 03, 2014

    India passed the National Food Security Act in 2013 to implement reforms in the distribution of subsidized food modeled after reforms made earlier in the State of Chhattisgarh. There have been significant gains in food security in Chhattisgarh, but impacts at the national level are uncertain.

  • USDA Agricultural Projections to 2023

    OCE-141, February 13, 2014

    USDA's longrun projections for global agriculture reflect steady world economic growth and continued demand for biofuels, which combine to support increases in consumption, trade, and prices.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: February 2014

    OCS-14B, February 12, 2014

    Strong demand for U.S. soybeans will soon shift quickly to Brazil.

  • Rice Outlook: February 2014

    RCS-14B, February 12, 2014

    The February 2014 outlook for both the U.S. and global rice markets is analyzed based on the latest projections contained in USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates report.

  • The Rise of Foreign Wine Demand in China

    Amber Waves, February 03, 2014

    Rising education, income, and Westernization has led to China’s emergence as a major player in global wine trade. Evidence suggests that the Chinese wine market will continue to grow, creating opportunities for all exporting countries. However, given the status of French wine among Chinese consumers, the growth of U.S. wine exports to China will likely not be as strong.

  • India Continues To Grapple With Food Insecurity

    Amber Waves, February 03, 2014

    Despite progress and large outlays on food subsidies, India still accounts for the largest share of the world’s food insecure population. The new National Food Security Act increases the households eligible for subsidized food grains, but questions remain on the impact the legislation.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: January 2014

    OCS-14A, January 14, 2014

    The January 2014 Oil Crops Outlook analyzes the major changes and events in the world market for oilseeds and oilseed products.

  • Rice Outlook: January 2014

    RCS-14A, January 14, 2014

    The January 2014 outlook for both the U.S. and global rice markets is analyzed based on the latest projections contained in USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Uses Estimates report.

  • The Relationship Between Food Insecurity, Conflict, and Food Price Shocks in Afghanistan

    Amber Waves, December 16, 2013

    An analysis of the effects of conflict on food security in Afghanistan reveals no evidence that high-conflict provinces are more food insecure.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: December 2013

    OCS-13L, December 12, 2013

    An Abundance of U.S. Soybean Supplies Propels 2013/14 Exports.

  • Rice Outlook: December 2013

    RCS-13L, December 12, 2013

    India's 2013/14 Production Forecast Reduced.

  • Flour Imports Help Afghanistan Meet Its Growing Food Needs

    Amber Waves, November 18, 2013

    Afghanistan is among the world’s largest importers of flour, averaging 1.6 million metric tons in recent years. Although flour production in Afghanistan increased rapidly in the post-2000 period, it could not keep pace with rising domestic demand spurred by strong economic growth and a rapidly expanding population that depends on flour for over half of its caloric intake.

  • Despite Improvements in International Food Security, Nutritional Adequacy of Diets Falls Short of Targets in Many Countries

    Amber Waves, November 18, 2013

    Overall food security in 76 countries showed significant improvement over the past decade, with the number and share of food-insecure people declining sharply. In some countries, however, consumption of fat and protein fell short of the nutritional target, and many people in the lowest income groups were unable to meet the daily target of 2,100 calories per person.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: November 2013

    OCS-13K, November 13, 2013

    U.S. Soybean Exports Forecast Boosted by Strong Sales, Improved Crop.

  • Assessing the Growth of U.S. Broiler and Poultry Meat Exports

    LDPM-23101, November 08, 2013

    The United States is the world's second largest broiler meat exporter, and exports are a valuable source of income for the industry. ERS examines factors affecting the growth in broiler meat exports, focusing on several major markets.

  • U.S. Exports Surge as China Supports Agricultural Prices

    Amber Waves, October 24, 2013

    As China expanded support for agriculture, it relied on raising price supports to maintain net returns to farmers. China became the largest market for U.S. ag. exports as rising prices eroded the competitiveness of Chinese commodities.

  • Afghanistan's Wheat Flour Market: Policies and Prospects

    WHS-13I-01, October 23, 2013

    Afghanistan's milling industry has been slow to rebuild, due to highly variable domestic wheat supplies and competition from imported flour, largely from Pakistan where wheat producers and flour millers receive Government support.

  • Oil Crops Outlook: September 2013

    OCS-13I, September 16, 2013

    Each month,the Oil Crops Outlook analyzes the major changes and events in the world market for oilseeds and oilseed products.

  • Rice Outlook: September 2013

    RCS-13I, September 16, 2013

    The September 2013 Rice Situation & Outlook report will contain projections for the 2013/14 U.S. and global rice markets. The report is done 12 times a year and relies on the most current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

  • Evaluating the Resource Cost and Transferability of Brazil’s Cerrado Agricultural “Miracle”

    Amber Waves, September 03, 2013

    Brazil’s successful agricultural transformation of the Cerrado, which accounts for 24 percent of the country’s total area, is evident by a 192-percent rise in average production volumes of Cerrado farms during 1985-2006. Such success has led to speculation that the world’s other savannah regions, including Sub-Saharan Africa’s vast Guinea Savannah, could become new breadbaskets.