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The world will need to produce as much food in the next forty years as it did in the past 8,000 years. Moving that food to where it is needed will require a massive investment in logistics, in port and transport infrastructure, as well as in distribution, processing and packaging networks within countries. Governments will not make those investments. Instead the task will fall on the world’s commodity trading (merchandising) companies.

When most people think of agricultural commodity merchants, they imagine dubious characters manipulating markets and pushing up food prices. Few people understand what agricultural traders actually do, and how their markets function. This book is intended to at least partly correct that.

Commodity Conversations is available on Amazon

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AgriCensus Report

FACTBOX: What could be on China’s agriculture shopping list? The US and China have for the past three months been locked in discussions about how to overcome a trade dispute that has slowed Chinese economic growth and seen the US-China trade balance slump to a record low last year. Last month, Chinese imports from the …