What else? 26th Edition of Foodcom PLANT-BASED Newsletter

Author Foodcom
Reading time 6 minut
Publication date 04 January 2023


By December 28, 2022, 22 million tons of grain were exported from Ukraine, 30% less than in the previous season (the reasons are probably obvious)

Among them, 8.2 million tons of wheat were exported, 48% less than the previous year. Barley exports fell by 69% to 1.6 million tons. One can only hope that the “turbulence” (what a nice euphemism) will soon come to an end.

Switzerland will donate an additional 14.5 million Swiss francs to combat the global food crisis

The current difficult political and economic situation means that many millions of people around the world are affected by the food crisis. The Swiss government has decided to take additional measures and increase its funding for the World Food Program by a further 14.5 million Swiss francs.

The latest forecasts predict that Ukraine will harvest only 40 million tons of grain in 2023

Ongoing hostilities with related logistical and energy problems make grain production almost unprofitable. In 2023, the country’s total harvest will fall by three times the pre-war record level, from nearly 120 million tons to 40 million tons. This is inevitable given the current situation.

The Americas

Brazil sets a record for wheat production

The 2022 harvest has been completed in Brazil, and the summary states that a record crop size was achieved for the second consecutive year. A record 9.5 million tons of wheat were produced in 2022, a 24% increase over 2021. Brazil has set a goal of achieving wheat self-sufficiency by the end of the decade, but experts say it could be much sooner. Wheat to go, Brazil!

Canada is expected to become a major wheat supplier in the first half of the year

Favorable weather events have created excellent conditions for grain growth, with a near-record crop expected for the 2022/2023 season. As a result, Canada will become a major wheat supplier, in part due to limited supply in key markets such as Argentina, the U.S. and the EU. Canada currently appears to have only the Wheat Dreams.

Tightening grain supplies around the world are prompting more and more companies to develop hybrid wheat

This new type of hybrid wheat, which is available to farmers in the U.S., could help ease fears about genetically modified crops. Syngenta has already developed its wheat variety, while BASF and Bayer’s varieties are expected to be developed in the near future. More food for more people? Yes, please!

Asia & Oceania

As they say, new year, new me. But in most cases they just say that

In Indonesia, interest in apples and oranges imported from China has increased recently, which is typical for this time of year. The increase in demand is due to the upcoming Chinese New Year and is mainly driven by the Chinese minority, which constitutes about 5% of Indonesia’s population.

Bangladesh Rice Research Institute has launched a mobile application called Rice Solution

The aim of this rice pest management system is to identify the disease by uploading photos of infected rice plants from the rice field to the app. Data collection is mainly based on advanced sensors. Amazing how fast technology is advancing!

Japan is changing its approach to grain imports

Until now, the country has relied mainly on supplies from the U.S., but a weaker yen and problems with logistics and the 2022 U.S. harvest have led Japan to look for grain from other sources. In November, Australia became the top wheat exporter to Japan. How will the situation evolve? It is certainly worth watching closely.

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