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GLOBAL - Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures.<\/p>

A reduced agricultural output would follow on last year's disappointing season, which has already contributed to higher food prices and \"could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016,\" according to a special alert released on Tuesday by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).<\/p> \n

The season for planting maize in Southern Africa has already experienced delays, while crops sown stand to be negatively affected due to inadequate rains and higher temperatures.<\/p> \n

\"It's the sixth week of the cropping season now and there's not enough moisture in the soil,\" said Shukri Ahmed, FAO Deputy Strategic Programme Leader - Resilience.<\/p> \n

The region's small-scale farmers are almost entirely dependent on rain, rendering their output highly susceptible to its variations.<\/p> \n

While El Niño's impact depends highly on location and season - the impact of El Niño on agricultural production appears more muted in northern areas - past strong episodes have been associated with reduced production in several countries, including South Africa, which is the largest cereal producer in the sub-region and typically exports maize to neighbouring countries.<\/p> \n

FAO had already warned in March that the current El Niño would be strong - and it now appears to be the strongest episode in 18 years. It will peak at the start of 2016, before the usual harvest time for farmers in Southern Africa.<\/p> \n

\"Weather forecasts indicate a higher probability of a continuation of below-normal rains between December and March across most countries,\" according to the GIEWS alert.<\/p> \n

South Africa has already declared drought status for five provinces, its main cereal producing regions, while Lesotho has issued a drought mitigation plan and Swaziland has implemented water restrictions as reservoir levels have become low.<\/p> \n

Increasing prices intensify risks<\/h3> \n

The likelihood of another poor season is troublesome as it comes on the heels of a poor one that has already depleted inventories, tightened supplies and pushed up local prices. The Subregional maize production fell by 27 per cent in 2015, triggering a sharp increase in the number of people already vulnerable to food insecurity in the region.<\/p> \n

\"Maize prices in southern Africa are really getting high,\" said Shukri Ahmed. \"Moreover, currencies in the sub-region are very weak, which together can exacerbate the situation.\"<\/p> \n

While the drought affects many crops, including legumes, which are an important contributor to local nutrition, maize is grown by 80 per cent of the subsistence farmers in the subregion.<\/p> \n

Wholesale maize prices are up 50 per cent from a year earlier in South Africa, while retail maize prices have doubled in Malawi and Mozambique. As households are already reeling from the previous poor harvest devote more income to basic needs, their access to critical farm inputs - such as seeds and fertilisers - is jeopardized.<\/p> \n

Beyond southern Africa, GIEWS analysis of El Niño-related conditions also points to agricultural stress in northern Australia, parts of Indonesia and a wide swathe of Central America and Brazil.<\/p> \n

El Niño's effect is also being felt elsewhere in Africa, with FAO field officers in Ethiopia reporting serious crop and livestock losses among farmers and pastoralists.<\/p> \n

This month, FAO also issued a warning that there is an increased risk of Rift Valley fever (RVF), especially in East Africa. Outbreaks of RVF, which primarily affects sheep, goats, cattle, camels, buffaloes and antelopes, but can also be lethal to humans, are closely associated with periods of El Niño-linked heavy rainfall, which bolster habitats for the mosquitoes that carry the disease.<\/p> \n

The options to counter the possible human and animal disease threats include the use of insect repellents in households and vaccination of animals in target areas, but quality vaccines are needed as well as teams to be sent to the field immediately.<\/p> \n

Action Plan for Southern Africa<\/h3> \n

To reduce the adverse effects of El Niño, FAO has already triggered several interventions across southern Africa that are also building on existing programmes following last season's reduced production.<\/p> \n

\"FAO is working on a twin track approach with governments and other partners across the subregion to address both the immediate and longer term needs. Appropriate crop and livestock interventions intended to minimise the effects are already being up-scaled,\" said David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa.<\/p> \n

The focus of immediate interventions includes supporting farmers by providing drought tolerant crops, seeds and livestock feed and carrying out vaccinations.<\/p> \n

The Organisation is also supporting longer-term resilience-building approaches among vulnerable groups, including the rehabilitation of irrigation systems, improving farmers' access to rural finance, and supporting wider use of climate-smart agricultural technologies. Several countries have already produced national plans that address the impact of El Niño on agriculture.<\/p> \n

Innovative interventions implemented in southern Africa in recent years have been particularly successful. Many of these good practices, including the rapid expansion of market-based interventions, non-conditional cash transfers and vouchers, adoption of climate smart technologies for both livestock and crop production systems, have been used to good effect in other crises.<\/p> \n

\"We are grateful for the contributions made by the development partners so far, but there are still significant funding shortfalls. We will need to rapidly adopt and scale up the innovations that have proved successful in the past,\" said Mr Phiri.<\/p><\/body><\/html>\n","country":"WW","territory":"Europe","date":1452751200,"channels":[],"thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/slir\/w280\/imagelib\/8_22_08_01.jpg","categories":[]},{"id":"news-17795","news_id":"17795","type":"news","headline":"USDA Reports: Winter Wheat Surprises with Second Lowest Planting since 1913","link":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/news\/17795","snippet":"ANALYSIS - USDA released four reports on Tuesday with implications for the grain and livestock markets, but the winter wheat planting survey stole the show coming in at only 36.609 million acres planted, 2.7 million acres under the trade estimate, writes Sarah Mikesell for TheCropSite. ","body":"\n\n

ANALYSIS - USDA released four reports on Tuesday with implications for the grain and livestock markets, but the winter wheat planting survey stole the show coming in at only 36.609 million acres planted, 2.7 million acres under the trade estimate, writes Sarah Mikesell for TheCropSite. <\/p>

Rich Nelson, Allendale, Inc.'s Chief Strategist<\/div> \n<\/div> \n

Allendale Inc.’s chief strategist, Rich Nelson, shares highlights and what it means for the cattle, pig, poultry, corn, soybean and wheat markets.<\/p> \n

Corn<\/h3> \n

2015 Production Revision:<\/strong> USDA revised this past fall’s harvest down by 52 million bushels by lowering planted acres by 382,000. However, they found more acres harvested than previously forecast, up 85,000. Yield was brought down from 169.26 bu\/acre to 168.44. This is still just under last year’s record level of 170.99 bu\/acre.<\/p> \n

December 1 Grain Stocks:<\/strong> Every three months USDA surveys both farmers and users of grain to see how much is being used since the start of the new crop year on September 1. It gives the industry a roadmap to see how well demand has just been and can help fine-tune our estimate of year-end stocks (August 31). This report is very important for corn because we don’t have a weekly or monthly report to fill in the blanks for the important feed\/residual category. This specific report has historically been the market mover in previous years. USDA found 11.212 billion bushels of old crop corn in their December 1 survey. That was right next to the trade’s 11.237 billion estimate and minimally over last year’s 11.211.<\/p> \n

\"Corn\"August 31 Ending Stocks Estimate:<\/strong> Each month USDA incorporates changes in supply and demand and updates their ending stock forecast. While production was revised down by 52 million, that was more than offset with some negative factors. Imports were raised by 10 million, other industrial use (non-ethanol), was lower by 10 million, and exports were lower by 50 million. Ending stocks were raised from 1.785 billion to now 1.802 billion. Allendale suspects to see further negative export revisions in future reports.<\/p> \n

World Stocks:<\/strong> No changes were made to Brazil or Argentina production. Due to drought, South African production was sharply lower from 12 million tonnes to now 8 million tonnes. World stocks were lowered from 211.85 million tonnes to 208.94 million tonnes.<\/p> \n

Soybeans<\/h3> \n

\"Soybeans\"2015 Production Revision:<\/strong> This past fall’s production was revised down by 51 million bushels. Planted acreage was lowered by 555,000 acres and harvested was similarly dropped by 580,000 acres from previous expectations. Yield was also lowered, from 48.30 bu\/acre to 48.01 bu\/acre. This remains a record soybean yield.<\/p> \n

December 1 Grain Stocks:<\/strong> Typically there are no big surprises for soybeans on the quarterly Grain Stocks report. Unlike corn, there is reliable and timely data on demand (crush and exports). USDA’s finding of 2.715 billion bushels was right next to the trade’s average estimate of 2.720 billion bushels. As you would expect this was higher than last year’s 2.528 billion bushels at this time.<\/p> \n

August 31 Ending Stocks Estimate:<\/strong> After accounting for the lower production, USDA only cut the demand estimate by 27 million bushels (-25 million bushels exports and -2 million bushels residual). Ending stocks were lowered from 465 million to 440 million. This was positive compared with last month and the trade expectation, but it doesn’t fix the big picture supply problems.<\/p> \n

World Stocks:<\/strong> No changes were made to Brazil or Argentina production. A slight decrease in world stocks was noted, from 82.58 million tonnes to 79.28. Smaller numbers from the US and better export expectations for Argentina were the main changes noted. In addition, stronger domestic use estimates out of China more than offset their small production increase.<\/p> \n

Wheat<\/h3> \n

\"Wheat\"December 1 Grain Stocks:<\/strong> Wheat operates on a June 1 to May 30 marketing year. The Grain Stocks number represents what is left over after the second quarter of use. At 1.738 billion, USDA found just a little more grain than the 1.698 billion average guess.<\/p> \n

May 31 Ending Stocks Estimate:<\/strong> With the lower demand noted on the Grain Stocks report, USDA made some changes to their end of year stock estimate. Lower wheat for livestock feed and lower seed demand more than offset a small 5 million decline in imports. Ending stocks were raised from 911 million bushels to 941 million bushels.<\/p> \n

World Stocks:<\/strong> No significant production changes were made for any of the other countries. Some have suggested a slight decline will be seen for Former Soviet Union countries in future updates. Ending stocks were raised from 229.86 million tonnes to 232.04.<\/p> \n

Winter Wheat Seedings:<\/strong> The real superstar of all four reports was the wheat planting survey. Only 36.609 million acres were planted, 2.7 million under the trade guess.<\/strong> That was the lowest since 2010’s 36.576 and the second lowest since 1913’s 33.608. Again, the second lowest winter wheat planting since 1913!<\/em> Some have suggested acres moved to small grains and hay or CRP. This news does help out the well-supplied world wheat picture. On the downside, there is no doubt that many of these missing acres will be planted to spring crops (corn and soybeans).<\/p> \n

\"Allendale<\/center> \n

Cattle<\/h3> \n

\"BullThere was nothing but good news for beef in the back pages of the January supply and demand report. 2016 production was cut by 75 million pounds as USDA noted that placements have been hit hard in recent months. They now see beef production this year at 3.8 per cent higher than 2015.<\/p> \n

USDA has fixed their excessively high estimates of beef production in Q1 and Q2, now +0.7% per cent and +1.7 per cent vs. 2015. It could be argued that there might still be a more to take off that Q2.<\/p> \n

Also supportive, they took off 100 million pounds from their previous import number and added 50 million pounds to exports. They now see the amount of beef left for the US consumer, which is the determinant of price, at 0.7 per cent higher than last year. That increase is down from recent months.<\/p> \n

On the bearish side, we still have not fixed our meat supply problem. Gains in USDA's estimates of chicken, pork, and turkey production offset today's beef decline. The consumer was faced with 4.4 per cent more meat in 2015 than 2014. We will add 1.3 per cent to that tonnage in 2016.<\/p> \n

Hogs<\/h3> \n

USDA's pork production estimate was increased by 35 million pounds this month on the supply\/demand report. They now see 2016 output at 24.960 billion, 1.9 per cent over last year.<\/p> \n

With no change in imports or exports, US consumers will have 50.1 pounds per person waiting for them this year, which is 0.8 pounds over 2015. Don't forget, this is on top of the 7.1 pounds increase we shoved on their plate in 2015.<\/p> \n

Poultry<\/h3> \n

USDA added 50 million to their chicken production estimate, now 40.950 billion. On top of that, a 125 million decline was noted for exports. This helped push the increase in chicken per capita up from a 0.8 per cent increase in 2016 to now a 1.3 per cent increase. This is on top of the massive 6.8 per cent increase posted in 2015 vs. 2014.<\/p><\/body><\/html>\n","country":"US","territory":"America - North","date":1452729900,"channels":[],"thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/slir\/w280\/imagelib\/607_Bear Bull Silver Market HLN.jpg","categories":[]},{"id":"news-17792","news_id":"17792","type":"news","headline":"Brazil's Ag Exports at Record Levels in 2015","link":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/news\/17792","snippet":"BRAZIL - The amount of soybeans, corn, fresh chicken, coffee and pulp sold abroad in 2015 registered a record for Brazil's agribusiness trade.","body":"\n\n

BRAZIL - The amount of soybeans, corn, fresh chicken, coffee and pulp sold abroad in 2015 registered a record for Brazil's agribusiness trade.<\/p>

This information was released on Monday by Secretary of International Relations of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA), Tatiana Palermo.<\/p> \n

The export volume of soybeans rose 19 per cent compared to 2014 and reached 54.32 million tons, the largest amount ever recorded.<\/p> \n

The other record holders are soybean meal, with 14.8 million tons sold abroad (8 per cent increase); corn, which reached 28.9 million tons (40 per cent growth); coffee, with 2.09 million ton (+1 per cent), chicken meat, with 3.89 million tons (+7 per cent) and cellulose with 11.97 million tons (+8 per cent).<\/p> \n

Other important items for Brazilian agribusiness that recorded an increase in export volume compared to 2014 are alcohol (+34 per cent), fruit (+17 per cent), paper (+14 per cent), cocoa and cocoa (+12 per cent) and pork<\/strong> (+10 per cent).<\/p> \n

Regarding export value, the soy complex occupied first position in the ranking with US $27.9 billion.<\/p> \n

Meats<\/strong> are second place in terms of export value (US $14.7 billion), especially chicken<\/strong>, which represented 48 per cent of the value exported by the meat industry (US $7.07 billion and 4.23 million tons).<\/p> \n

Following the global trend of commodities, the main exported Brazilian agricultural products, such as soybeans and beef<\/strong>, had lower average prices in 2015. That led to the reduction of the balance surplus, which in 2015 was $ 75.15 billion, down from US $ 80.13 billion in 2014. This was offset by record volumes exported and the appreciation of the exchange rate, that supported the real income of exporters.<\/p> \n

\"In difficult times of the global economic scenario, with widespread drop in prices, we performed very well, with record sales volumes throughout 2015,\" said Tatiana Palermo.<\/p> \n

\"The exchange rate has increased 45 per cent since the beginning of the year. This high softened the fall in prices of major agricultural commodities.\"<\/p> \n

China was the main destination for Brazilian agribusiness products in 2015, totalling US $21.28 billion, mainly in soybeans grains and cellulose. The Asian country was the destination for over 75 per cent of Brazilian soy beans exported during the period.<\/p> \n

The second destination was the United States (US $ 6.47 billion) with emphasis on green coffee ($ 1.18 billion), cellulose (US $ 983.62 million) and alcohol (US $ 451.03 million).<\/p><\/body><\/html>\n","country":"BR","territory":"America - Latin","date":1452661200,"channels":[],"thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/slir\/w280\/imagelib\/607_Bear Bull Silver Market HLN.jpg","categories":[]},{"id":"news-17789","news_id":"17789","type":"news","headline":"El Ni\u00f1o Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months","link":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/news\/17789","snippet":"NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the impacts of El Ni\u00f1o for months, as New Zealand's weather science service NIWA's latest seasonal outlook indicates.","body":"\n\n

NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the impacts of El Niño for months, as New Zealand's weather science service NIWA's latest seasonal outlook indicates.<\/p>

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is monitoring the weather situation closely and keeping Ministers updated. MPI said itis working through Rural Support Trusts and industry groups to help understand the impacts and ensure that support mechanisms are in place.<\/p> \n

\"In many of the drought-hit areas, particularly Canterbury and Marlborough, the rain was a great morale booster,\" says MPI's Director of Resource Policy David Wansbrough.<\/p> \n

\"Crop farmers have had a better start to the year, as any good rainfall like this really helps new crop growth. But where pasture has died from over a year of dry weather, more rain will be needed to break the drought and it will be months before production recovers.<\/p> \n

\"Much of Otago was less lucky and didn't receive the rainfall of their northerly neighbours. In the Strath Taieri, some locals are saying it's the driest they have ever seen it.\"<\/p> \n

Rural Support Trusts are saying that the financial and emotional impacts of the ongoing drought are really starting to pinch for some farmers. Farmers and their families can contact their local Rural Support Trusts for advice and information. Federated Farmers feedline on 0800 376 844 can help get feed to drought-hit farms.<\/p> \n

\"Farmers are doing a good job of working through their drought management plans. For many, destocking in November and early December means that remaining animals can be kept in good condition even under this pressure,\" said Mr Wansbrough.<\/p> \n

\"Driving around the lower and eastern North Island you can see plenty of bales of hay in the paddocks, which shows farmers there have geared up well for a dry summer.\"<\/p> \n

An increasingly dry Northland did particularly well out of the recent deluge, getting up to 80mm of rain, but has since been hammered by strong easterly winds, which hastens the soil drying out and can damage some crops.<\/p> \n

Under El Niño, elevated activity in the tropics also means a higher chance that cyclones or ex-cyclones could drop closer to NZ, bringing storms and heavy rain to the top and east of the north island.<\/p> \n

MPI continues to monitor soil moisture deficits in the North Island, and is also mindful that many farmers are still recovering from the June storms in Taranaki and Whanganui.<\/p><\/body><\/html>\n","country":"NZ","territory":"Oceania, Pacific","date":1452470400,"channels":[],"thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/slir\/w280\/imagelib\/169_Water2.jpg","categories":[]},{"id":"news-17766","news_id":"17766","type":"news","headline":"Climate Change and Your Food: Ten Facts","link":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/news\/17766","snippet":"GLOBAL - Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves.","body":"\n\n

GLOBAL - Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves.<\/p>

1. 75% of the world's poor & food insecure people rely on agriculture & natural resources for their livelihoods <\/p> \n

2. FAO estimates that world food production must rise 60% to keep pace with demographic change. #ClimateChange puts this at risk.<\/p> \n

3. According to @IPPC, crop yield declines of 10-25% may be widespread by 2050 due to #ClimateChange<\/p> \n

4. Rising temperatures are predicted to reduce catches of the world's main fish species by 40%.\"\"<\/p> \n

5. Although global emissions from deforestation have dropped, deforestation & forest degradation account for 10-11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from forest degradation (logging & fires ) increased from 0.4 to 1.0 gt cO2 per year between 1990 & 2015.<\/p> \n

6. Livestock contributes nearly 2\/3 of agriculture's greenhouse & 78% of its methane emissions.<\/p> \n

7. #ClimateChange can transfer risks of food-borne diseases from 1 region to another, threatening public health in new ways.<\/p> \n

8. FAO estimates that the potential to reduce emissions from livestock production (methane esp.) is about 30% of baseline emissions. \"\"<\/p> \n

9. Currently, 1\/3 of the food we produce is either lost or wasted. The global costs of food wastage ≈$2.6 trillion\/yr, including $700 billion of environmental costs & $900 billion of social costs.<\/p> \n

10. Global food loss & waste generate about 8% of humankind's annual greenhouse gas emissions.<\/p><\/body><\/html>\n","country":"WW","territory":"Europe","date":1450339200,"channels":[],"thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/slir\/w280\/imagelib\/219_Foodsecurity.jpg","categories":[]},{"id":"news-17775","news_id":"17775","type":"news","headline":"Income Per EU Agricultural Worker Down by 4.3 Per Cent","link":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/news\/17775","snippet":"EU - Real agricultural income in the European Union (EU) has fallen by 6.0 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, while agricultural labour input has dropped by 1.8 per cent.","body":"\n\n

EU - Real agricultural income in the European Union (EU) has fallen by 6.0 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, while agricultural labour input has dropped by 1.8 per cent.<\/p>

As a result, real agricultural income per worker in the EU has decreased by 4.3 per cent in 2015, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.<\/p> \n

Across the EU Member States, real agricultural income per worker in 2015 is expected to have risen in thirteen Member States and fallen in fifteen compared with previous year, albeit in different proportions.<\/p> \n

The largest increase of real agricultural income per worker was in Croatia, with a rise of 21.5 per cent, whilst the largest decline was in Germany with a decrease of 37.6 per cent.<\/p> \n

Other countries with a substantial decline in agricultural income include Poland (-23.8 per cent), Denmark (-19.7 per cent), the UK (-19.3 per cent) and Romania (-19.2 per cent).<\/p> \n

Between 2010 and 2015, EU real agricultural income per worker is estimated to have decreased by 5.7 per cent.<\/p> \n

Over this period, real agricultural income per worker has risen in ten Member States, notably in Italy, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Ireland, while falls were recorded in eighteen Member States, with the largest being registered in Finland, Germany, Romania, Poland, Malta and Luxembourg.<\/p> \n


Further Reading<\/h3> \n

Take a further look at the agricultural income data in the Eurostat report here.<\/a><\/p> \n<\/div> \n

 <\/p><\/body><\/html>\n","country":"EU","territory":"Europe","date":1450339200,"channels":[],"thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/slir\/w280\/imagelib\/100_EU Council.jpg","categories":[]},{"id":"news-17759","news_id":"17759","type":"news","headline":"Farmers Notice Increase in Severe Weather Events","link":"http:\/\/www.thecropsite.com\/news\/17759","snippet":"UK - As the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) today hosts its \u2018Farmers\u2019 Day\u2019, a new survey from the National Farmers Union has highlighted the damage that severe weather events have inflicted upon the agriculture industry over the past decade.","body":"\n\n

UK - As the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) today hosts its ‘Farmers’ Day’, a new survey from the National Farmers Union has highlighted the damage that severe weather events have inflicted upon the agriculture industry over the past decade.<\/p>

The survey, which used interviews of 527 farmers in England and Wales in July, revealed that two-thirds of farmers have noticed an increase in extreme weather, consistent with the climate change impacts predicted by scientists.<\/p> \n

The majority of NFU members surveyed have seen changes in rainfall patterns and more flooding, with 25 per cent also observing an increase in storms, gales or high winds. However, some farmers actually reported less severe weather, with 10 per cent saying that winters had generally become milder.<\/p> \n

NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “It is very worrying that nearly 60 per cent of farm businesses have actually been affected by severe weather events in the last 10 years. This news comes as a stark reminder that agriculture is on the front line of climate change impacts.<\/p> \n

“These statistics show the financial and emotional cost that changing weather patterns are having on our members and it reinforces the need for some of our key 2015 election manifesto asks to be met.”<\/p> \n

\"\"<\/center> \n

During the last election the NFU set the incoming government several challenges which included:<\/p> \n