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USAID PAKISTANI MANGO PROJECT LABELLED A "FAILURE" BY INVESTIGATION ...

21/12/2011


''US attempt to help Pak''s mango farmer failed to yeild result''







From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Dec 21 (PTI) 



Obama Administration''s much publicised effort to important mango from Pakistan, after the US lifted decades old ban, has failed to yield desired results, a top American Senator has said.



The project not only has wasted USD 30 million of tax payers'' money but also there have been no tangible benefits to the farmers of Pakistan both in terms of sales or employment, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn said in his report "Wastebook 2011: A Guide to Some of the Most Wasteful and Low Priority Government Spending of 2011".



Contrary to the claims being made by the US Government, the Senator in his annual report said that the USAID Inspector General (USAID OIG) found -- no measurable increases in sales and employment.



"USAID''s goal for mango farmers, to boost their sales by 20 per cent, was as ill-fated as its grand plans fo…

MANKIND'S ABUSE OF NITROGEN IS LEAVING TELLTALE SIGNS ...

Researchers assess effects of a world awash in nitrogen
by Staff Writers
Tempe, AZ (SPX) Dec 21, 2011


One effect from the increased nitrogen inputs can be seen in our inland water features like lakes, reservoirs and rivers. "Nitrogen deposition to lakes leads to phytoplankton (at the base of food chain) with low content of the important nutrient phosphorus," Elser said. "This is kind of like 'junk food,' for animals that eat the phytoplankton. Such effects are likely to ripple upward in the food chain."







Humans are having an effect on Earth's ecosystems but it's not just the depletion of resources and the warming of the planet we are causing. Now you can add an over-abundance of nitrogen as another "footprint" humans are leaving behind. The only question is how large of an impact will be felt. In a Perspectives piece in the current issue of Science, Arizona State University researcher James Elser outlines some recent findings on the increasing …

THOSE LIVING UNDER POVERTY HAS DROPPED IN THE PAST 10 YEARS IN LATIN AMERICA ...

Daily chart
Poverty and progress

Dec 20th 2011, 15:45 by The Economist online





Poverty continues to fall in Latin America













THE United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reckons that 31.4% of the region’s population was living below national poverty lines in 2010. 








This maintains a steady fall from a peak of 48.4% in 1990. 




Since 1999, most countries have made strides toward reducing poverty. Two things lie behind this progress. 




The biggest factor is the region’s strong economic performance: Latin America’s GDP expanded by 5.9% in 2010. 






This strong recovery meant that the 2008 recession in the region caused only a slight blip. Better-targeted social policies also help, especially cash-transfer schemes for the poor. 




But sustaining this progress will be hard. Extreme poverty, where income does not cover the need for basic food, is stuck at around 13%. (Several governments, including the Brazilian and Colombian, have unveiled initiatives aimed at the poorest.)…

2012 IS GOING TO BE A BUMPY YEAR ...

Fragile and Unbalanced in 2012




Author: Nouriel Roubini · December 15th, 2011 ·

From Project Syndicate:



The outlook for the global economy in 2012 is clear, but it isn’t pretty: recession in Europe, anemic growth at best in the United States, and a sharp slowdown in China and in most emerging-market economies. 

Asian economies are exposed to China. 

Latin America is exposed to lower commodity prices (as both China and the advanced economies slow). 


Central and Eastern Europe are exposed to the eurozone. 


And turmoil in the Middle East is causing serious economic risks – both there and elsewhere – as geopolitical risk remains high and thus high oil prices will constrain global growth.



At this point, a eurozone recession is certain. While its depth and length cannot be predicted, a continued credit crunch, sovereign-debt problems, lack of competitiveness, and fiscal austerity imply a serious downturn.


The US – growing at a snail’s pace since 2010 – faces considerable downside risks from the e…

THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF NURIEL ROUBINI...

LA FERIA SIAL ES ESTE AñO ....

Una de las principales ferias agroalimentarias del mundo


España: Extenda mantiene abierto el plazo para inscribirse en el SIAL PARÍS








Por primera vez la Agencia establece un sistema de participación adaptado a las necesidades de las empresas andaluzas del sector que quieran participar durante sólo un día en el certamen Extenda-Agencia Andaluza de Promoción Exterior, entidad dependiente de la Consejería de Economía, Innovación y Ciencia, ha abierto el plazo de inscripción para formar parte del Pabellón Andalucía en la feria SIAL París 2012, que tendrá lugar del 21 al 25 de octubre de 2012 en el Parc d’Expositions de Paris-Nord, Villepinte, en Francia.




La participación de Extenda en esta muestra está financiada hasta un 80% con fondos procedentes de la Unión Europea, con cargo al Programa Operativo FEDER de Andalucía para el período 2007-2013.




Para esta edición la Agencia ofrece por primera vez a las empresas andaluzas la posibilidad de ser expositor durante un solo día, con el objetivo de p…

CAT HOA LOC MANGO FROM VIETNAM ...

FOOD IRRADIATION CONTINUES TO BE A POWERFUL TOOL FOR THE MANGO INDUSTRY THAT IS UNDERUTILIZED ...

Published by the Minnesota Beef CouncilDecember 2011











Notable & Quotable
"With two boys under four, I get pretty emotional when I read a story about a child getting sick from foodborne illness. This week Jack had a cold, and I felt helpless when he said "make me feel better." I can't imagine what Thomas Miller's parents felt like over the past two years as they saw him battling the effects of E.coli".
Ben Chapman, North Carolina State University View the entire entry:
http://barfblog.com/blog/152002/11/12/15/after-12-brain-surgeries-uk-boy-recovers-battle-e-coli

Drug resistant strains of Salmonella represent a tremendous challenge to the meat industry. Last week, there was another development as USDA-FSIS announced a recall of raw ground beef that may contain a dangerous strain of Salmonellatyphimurium implicated in an outbreak of salmonellosis in the state of Maine.Apparently, this is a drug resistant strain that is difficult to treat using most antibiotics, …

PRODUCE INDUSTRY TOP TEN INNOVATIONS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT FRUIT LOGISTICA 2012 ...

Fruit Logistica 2012




Germany: Ten nominations for the 2012 FLIA







                                                                                                                    Messe Berlin and FRUCHTHANDEL MAGAZINE (Düsseldorf) announced today the ten nominations for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2012 (FLIA). 

This prestigious industry award is presented at the world's leading trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable business to honour outstanding new products and services that have had a positive impact on the fresh produce market.

A panel of experts from production and quality management, wholesale and retail, and the packaging and services industry evaluated numerous submissions and selected the following nominees:



• Bejo Zaden, Netherlands: Purple sprouting broccoli
• Bud Holland, Netherlands: Achacha tropical fruit – originally from South America, now grown in Australia
• Campo Rico, Spain: Roasted sweet potato
• Healthy Foods, USA: Yonanas healthy frozen treat maker –…

PERUVIAN MANGO EXPORTERS MUST FACE GRIM REALITY THAT MARKETS JUST AREN'T THERE

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California






www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com










December 20, 2011


















The West Coast USA mango market seems to have hit a wall.




FOB pricing for week 50 (Last week) reflects the following:




size 7s,8s & 9s - $5.00 per (4kg) carton


size 10 & 12s - $5.00-5.25




size 14s -  "Whatever you can get" 




This scenario is particularly worrisome because the majority of the fruit is currently running in the 12 & 14 count.


Basically the west coast USA market is on a $4.00 to 5.00 FOB market at the current time.






The East Coast USA holds out a little bit more hope:




7s & 8s - $7.00 per (4kg) carton.


9s - $6.50 per carton.


10s - $6.00 per carton.


12s - $5.25 per carton.


14s - "Whatever you can get"




So once again, we are looking at an FOB mango market in the $4.00 to 5.25 range due to the fact that sizing has been predominantly in the 12 & 14 range.




Expect this formula to "flip-flop" as larger fruit start…