August 02, 2013

02/08/2013: Andean grain exports to double this year; grain hyperinflation in Zimbabwe; existing cropland could feed 4 billion

According to Peru's export association, Adex, Peru's export of Andean grains are expected to total US$ 45 million in 2013, a 50 percent increase from last year.

German Abregu, head of Adex's board of beans and other grains, said that Peru exported Andean grains worth US$ 34.2 million, accounting for 90 percent of total exports.

"This growth in exports has been driven by the increase in quinoa price and demand," Abregu said during the launch of the First Convention of Andean Grains.

Following Zimbabwe's last election, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) received a diary describing what it was like to live with record hyperinflation.  

"I distinctly recall buying 12 loaves of bread in Messina, the South African town bordering Zimbabwe, and how good it felt to eat it back in Harare. Now I have the choice of white, brown, whole-wheat, rye, brioche, garlic, flat breads… Life has changed," explained the author of the diary, a professional living and working in the capital, Harare.

According to research from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, by shifting from animal feed and biofuel production to food for human consumption, croplands have the potential to feed 4 billion more people than they do now.
The study determined that even a small, partial shift from crop-intensive livestock to food animals such as chicken or pork could increase agricultural efficiency.

trio of bread
trio of bread (Photo credit: kidmissile)

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