Seven Key Trends In Asia-Pacific Agribusiness

The trade of agricultural products in the Asia-Pacific region is set to soar in the coming years, as demand increases rapidly on the back of population and income growth and changing consumption habits. More specifically, trade among Asia-Pacific countries is likely to intensify in the livestock, sugar and dairy markets. The region boasts big producer countries with established companies that can provide nations in deficit with the required products. In a special feature in Business Monitor Online, we outline seven key trends in Asia’s agribusiness sector:

1. Asian Governments’ Support For Grain Production On The Rise 

2. Asia To Remain A Grain Importer Over The Long Term

3. China Imports: Dawn Of An Agricultural Import Spree

4. Opportunities To Fill Asia’s Ballooning Sugar Deficit

5. Palm Oil Expansion In Frontier Markets Faces Hurdles

6. Cotton Demand: Regional Shift To Continue Undeterred

7. Asia Food Price Inflation To Ease Towards H2 2013

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This Week’s Trivia Question

For the previous week’s question, the theme was anniversaries. We asked: what world changing event took place on this date (28 June) 99 years ago? And relating to the same region, what historical event, which still resonates for the country in question, took place in 1389 and is commemorated on this date? Finally, what extraordinary event took place in Siberia 105 years ago this weekend?

The answers are a) the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo in 1914; b) the Battle of Kosovo (a key date in Serbian history); and c) the Tunguska incident (30 June 1908), a massive explosion that is believed to have been caused by a meteor (or according to some theories, a mini-black hole, anti-matter, etc).

This week’s question is as follows: Which early 1980s blockbuster film featured a plot by the villain to manipulate the world’s coffee markets by using a satellite to create storms in Colombia, to control the world’s oil supplies by ordering all oil tankers to convene at a point in the Atlantic Ocean, and to paralyse a major American city with a cyber-attack?