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Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA  News from the Middle East and North Africa is limited this week due to the Eid al Adha holidays in the area – the holiday is normally four or five days, depending on the country. The World Bank is providing $202 million for the expansion of the Bangladesh grain reserves. The funds will be used to increase the capacity of grain reserves by 535,500 MT from the current level of 2 MMT. Eight steel grain silos are to be built in various areas of the country. The latest USDA-FAS report on grains in Algeria show an improved picture for 2020/21 with wheat production at about 3.9 MMT and wheat imports dropping by 1.5 MMT to 5 MMT. However, ending wheat stocks will be down by abo...

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