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


Commodity Conversations Weekly Press Summary

The US President signed an executive order this week to simplify and accelerate the process to approve genetically modified livestock and seeds. According to the order, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) need to set up “common sense regulations.” Earlier, the US Department of Agriculture had already proposed to …

AgriCensus Report

VTB to buy Russian grain trader to expand state-control in grains: sources Russian state-owned bank VTB has continued its grain acquisition spree, picking up trader Mirogroup for an undisclosed fee, sources close to the deal said Friday. Mirogroup is among Russia’s biggest domestic grain traders, handling almost 2 million mt of grain in the 2017/18 …