Saturday, January 18, 2014

Food Crops News 195

Farmer and Wife January Update
 Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development  
Dear Hoang,
First of all, we would like to wish you a very happy New Year! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead for the FARMD community and we are delighted to have you as a part of our network. 
This update is to announce an exciting new addition to the FARMD Resource Section - agricultural risk management training materials produced by the World Bank. Currently five courses are available, with more to be uploaded in coming months. We invite you to browse through the courses, learn more about the topics, and download the materials for your personal use. 
We would also like to highlight two additional opportunities that might be of interest to members of the FARMD network - a call for case study proposals and an upcoming event. Should you wish to take part in one or both of these opportunities, simply follow the instructions provided on our website.
Download the World Bank's Training Courses on
Agricultural Risk Management
Smallholder Farmer Course
Risk Mitigation for Smallholder Agricultural Production in the Caribbean
Weather Risk Management for Agricultural Producers


Cocoa Pod

Coffee Beans

About the Training Courses:
Recognizing the importance of agricultural risk management and building relevant capacity, the World Bank's Agricultural Risk Management Team (ARMT) has developed courses that provide both general and specialized training in this area. ARMT's risk management courses aim to educate agricultural enterprises and associated institutions on how key agricultural risks can best be managed. All courses focus on a particular area of risk, highlight some instruments for managing risk, and provide information on the development of overall risk management programs.

Call for Case Study ProposalsLessons from Partnerships to Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Commercial Agriculture
Highlighting the various risks facing agriculture and enhancing the sharing of experience and knowledge on managing these risks is the primary focus of the FARMD forum. It is important to recognize that agriculture may also be a source of risk--particularly environmental risk. In many locales, agricultural expansion and commercialization has contributed to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, wetlands destruction, surface water pollution and other adverse environmental impacts. In some cases, environmental degradation has contributed to production risks, for example when farms are affected by landslides because of deforested hills and in those cases when the removal of mangrove forests renders coastal aquaculture extremely vulnerable to sea surges.
We invite you to participate in a new effort by the World Bank to enhance knowledge-sharing on ways to mitigate the environmental risks posed by commercial agriculture. Please see the attached call for case studies that highlight global experience in this area. >>Learn More

Upcoming Event | ULYSSES International Seminar "Food Price Volatility: Looking for Viable Policy Approaches"
Taking place in Madrid, Spain from 27-28 March 2014, this seminar will create a space for debate among both private and public sector specialists from around the world focusing on the topic of food and agriculture market volatility. The event will also draw attention and generate insight into possible future developments and scenarios related to trends in markets and volatility.
The event is being co-organized by the ULYSSES project, the Forum for Agricultural Risk Management and Development (FARMD), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Professionals from these institutions, and from others, including the European Commission, Ministries, NGOs and leading academic institutions, will provide lectures on various topics and participate in the discussions. >>Learn More
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3rd Starch World 2014
"Global Markets sales of starches and derivatives were $51.2 billion in 2012. It is expected that the market will reach $77.4 billion by 2018, after increasing at a CAGR of 7.1% between 2012 and 2018."July 2013, BCC Research

Asia is one of the key starch production regions. While Thailand is already the world's biggest exporter of starch as well as world's largest producer of native tapioca starch, companies in Indonesia and Vietnam are also catching up. Malaysia, is also getting into cassava plantations for starch production. The emerging starch players from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam look set to replicate Thailand's success stories and make a mark on the world starch industry.

CMT's 3rd Starch World opens in Jakarta on 17-19 February 2014 to unveil the opportunities for emerging players in the starch industry as well as starch application in foods items, cosmetics, paper and also bio based raw materials. The event brings together key plantation owners, R&D companies as well as key advisors to enlighten you on latest updates from the industry.

Key highlights
Tap on expert analysis on 'Status of the cassava industry in Malaysia' from Dr. Swee Lian Tan, Director of Research & Development, Solomon Plantations.

PLUS, benefit from the specially added and separately bookable Starch World 2014 Workshop on: Cassava Plantation, Agricultural Practices and Pest Management - Perspective from Thailandwhere you'll have the exclusive opportunity to gain in-depth insights on :

  • Current breeding program of the new cassava varieties of the Thai Tapioca Fund by Prof. Dr. Ed Sarobol, Director, Thai Tapioca Development Institute
  • Latest Pests affecting Cassava by Kris Wyckhuys, Entomologists, CIAT Asia
  • Latest on Cassava diseases and Management by Dr. Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Leader, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture).
  • New High Yielding Varieties in the Market by Dr. Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Leader, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
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Unparalleled Networking Plantation, Agriculture/ Agro Industrial Crops, Fermentation, Enzymes Suppliers - Companies that uses starch & starch derivatives - food, textiles, paper, pharmaceutical - Starch manufacturers using feedstock including rice, cassava, corn, wheat, tapioca, financial institutions - Ethanol Producers - Fertiliser Companies - Sugar Plantations Companies -Equipment & Technology suppliers are attending 3rd Starch World in Jakarta. Do not pass up on this opportunity to network with key players of the starch industry.

Do not delay any further, we've a LIMITED OFFER! Pay Online By 17 January 2014 with Visa/MasterCard & SAVE USD75 (per person). REGISTER NOW

To find out what else we have lined up at 3rd Starch World, view the final conference agenda

For more details about the event, you can also drop me an email at or call +65 6346 9144.

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Cassava World Africa | 20-21 March 2014, Lusaka, Zambia
Cassava World Africa"Transforming Cassava in Africa - Enhancing Food Security to Agro-Industrial Products!"

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Cassava is a highly versatile crop grown by smallholders in more than 100 countries. Its many applications from food, feed to fuels are drawing investors to this wonder crop. Cassava can be a good alternative to wheat and maize, particularly as it can be processed into high-quality flour - a potential substitute for wheat flour. Plus, the crop is second only to maize as a source of starch and recently-developed varieties produce root starch that is highly sought after by industries as a feedstock for bioethanol production.

Till recently, the crop was mainly used for household consumption in Africa, but commercial usage of cassava is gradually gaining traction in the region. The commercialization of cassava beer in Africa by Sabmiller and Diageo has also provided alternative outlets for cassava growers.

"Transforming Cassava in Africa - Enhancing Food Security to Agro-Industrial Products" takes center-stage at CMT's first Cassava World Africa coming to Lusaka, Zambia on20-21 March 2014. Join major players from the industry as they convene to discuss the latest global starch market updates, cassava commercial projects updates & operational challenges, modernization of farming practices, new varieties, pest management, financing solutions, processing technology, out-growers management & many more!

Confirmed speakers include:
  1. Enhancing Food Security, Income Generation, Value Adding and Economic Empowerment through Commercialization of Cassava
    Dennis Beunk, Agricultural Development & Agro-processing Specialist, Brightface Enterprise
  2. Global Starch Market Outlook & Feedstock Economics
    Mr Diogo Machado, Senior Economist, LMC International
  3. Investment Update on Cassava Plantation & Value Addition Project in Tanzania
    Matthew de Klerk, General Manager,
    Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation (CSTC)
  4. Challenges of Operating a Cassava High Quality Flour Plant in Africa
    Louw Burger, MD/CEO, Thai Farm Int Ltd
  5. Breeding Opportunities and Challenges for Cassava Commercialization in the Southern Africa Region
    Dr. Ntawuruhunga Pheneas, SARRNET Coordinator, Breeder - Cassava Program Unit, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  6. Status of Bioenergy Industry Development in Zambia
    Prof. Thomson Sinkala, Chairman, Biofuels Association of Zambia
  7. Breeding Approaches to Turn Cassava into a Cash Crop for Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development - Dr. Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Leader, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
With new speakers coming on board every day, keep up-to-date with developments on the event website!

Pre-registration is now open. Sign-up with your team to reserve seats and join your peers in Lusaka in March 2014.

PLUS, you must not miss out on the special Corporate, Luncheon & Cocktail sponsorship opportunities as well as customized exhibition/ catalog display offers. You can also advertise on our event website. CONTACT: Ms. Nisha - E: / T: +65 6346 9130 TODAY!

For further information about the event/ registrations, contact Ms. Jane Mai at or call +65 6346 9115.

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