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China In-Country Analysis

Macroeconomic Trends China’s Economic Slowdown Hits Food and Agricultural Sectors After increases in the cost of food exceeded 3 percent during September and October, food inflation in China retreated to 2.5 percent for both November and December. According to data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics, the cost of food rose 1.9 percent for all of 2018 compared with 2017, and the consumer price index climbed 2.1 percent. While lower food inflation would be a welcome sign for consumers in years when the economy is thriving, such a development in the fourth quarter of 2018 instead reflects an economy in contraction. With China’s central government announcing gross domestic product (GDP) growth of just 6.6 percent last...

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On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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