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Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/AFRICA – MEA REGION Food price inflation rates, according to the World Bank, show Lebanon at 239 percent, Turkey at 76 percent, Egypt at 74 percent, Ghana at 49 percent, and Iran at 39 percent. Egypt’s consumption of food staples, like bread and rice, is expected to increase by 3 to 5 percent in 2024 while buying of non-staple items will drop due to high cost. The annual cost of living increase in Egypt – 35.7 percent in 2022/23 – is expected to drop to 25.9 in 2023/24 – according to the World Bank and assuming better foreign exchange supply. Egypt’s currency – the Egyptian pound – is expected to drop in “official” value a...

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Dec 24 Corn closed at $4.1075/bushel, up $0.035 from yesterday's close.  Sep 24 Wheat closed at $5.7125/bushel, up $0.0975 from yesterday's close.  Nov 24 Soybeans closed at $10.6775/bushel, up $0.0075 from yesterday's close.  Dec 24 Soymeal closed at $315.5/short ton, down $0.9...

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Infrastructure investment due diligence

On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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