Commodities

The sustainability of cocoa production

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Pests and diseases already destroy about a third of potential cocoa production, and with climate change there will be a greater threat to future supplies of cocoa.

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Tight supply to keep sugar high?

Sugar_1aRaw sugar prices climbed to their highest level in 29 years on 1 February, with raw sugar ­for March delivery reaching 30.05 US cents a pound in early afternoon trading on ICE Futures US.

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The missing egg in Mali's food security basket

Mali had some 30mn chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and turkeys in 2005, but not enough protein-rich poultry products are consumed locally, according to the government and nutritionists.

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Getting small farmers´ organic food into supermarkets

Organic farming is a promising pursuit for small farmers in many of the world´s poorer nations.

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Drought-tolerant cowpea can improve crop yield in arid West Africa

Even the highly drought-resistant cowpea (a long type of legume) now has an increasingly difficult time surviving in the Sahel countries.

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