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.
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.”
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.
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.