A gnat-sized insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, forced Dean Mixon to replace about 1,000 orange trees in the past two years on the 50-acre Florida farm his grandfather started in the 1930s. The bug spreads a disease called citrus greening, causing fruit to shrink and drop early.
Venezuelan taxi driver Jose Sotomayor drives four hours through army checkpoints every week from the city of Maracaibo to buy rice in Colombia for his family at 10 times the government-set price back home.
Egypt’s ouster of Nomani Nomani as buyer of more than 5 million metric tons of wheat a year on world markets put a spotlight on a role that brought stability to the task of feeding the nation’s 80 million people.
Rice exports from India, the world’s second-largest grower, are poised to slump from a record as supplies from Vietnam, Myanmar and Pakistan widen a global glut, according to the International Rice Research Institute.
Saudi Arabia will probably hedge against fluctuating world wheat prices after announcing plans to diversify its sources of imports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service said.
Vietnamese coffee farmer Le Thi Do looks up at the five-meter-high (16-foot) ceiling of her six- bedroom, yellow house and then points to a small, squat building next door and says: “We used to live in that tiny one.”
Buyers of coffee from Vietnam, the world’s biggest grower of the robusta variety used in instant drinks, are paying a smaller premium for their beans as local sales hit the peak, according to Volcafe Ltd.