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Exporting Food Insecurity

New Delhi is always one of the first capitals to raise the issue of food insecurity in international fora. It concurrently argues that agricultural subsidies by rich countries worsen global food insecurity while its own policies and subsidies are designed to lessen the problem. But rich countries generally do not ban food exports while it is a regular part of India’s tool box.  Panic buying was reported by various countries after India, the source of half the world’s traded rice supplies, announced an embargo on exports. Global rice carryover stocks are at their lowest level in six years. Exacerbating the situation is the Thai government’s decision to ask farmers to plant just one crop of rice instead of the usual tw...

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Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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