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Industry Trend Analysis - Brazil To Target Cocoa Self-Sufficiency As Production Shifts North - OCT 2017

Americas September 2017 / Brazil / Industry

This season's rebound in Brazilian cocoa production indicates that the country could avoid excessive reliance on imports over our forecast period to 2021. The shift in production from Bahia in the North-East to the Amazon region in the North has reduced the impact of drought and disease on the cocoa crop. Government investment will seek to extend this dynamic going forward, and efforts will also be made to add value through sustainable production and certification.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Malaysia: Palm Oil Output Recovers, Growth To Decelerate Long-Term - OCT 2017

Asia Pacific September 2017 / Malaysia / Industry

Malaysian palm oil production is on a recovery path following the period of severe El Ni?o related climate disruptions of recent years. We expect yields to return to trend and for output to continue growing, albeit modestly, over our forecast period through to 2021. Over the longer term, we foresee a gradual deceleration in growth that will undermine Malaysia's share in export markets, driven by labour shortages, environmental concerns and a deteriorating outlook for palm oil-based biofuels.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Agriculture To Prove Contentious During 'Jamaica' Coalition Negotiations - OCT 2017

Europe September 2017 / Germany / Industry

In Germany, agriculture will prove one of the more contentious issues in the upcoming coalition negotiations between the CDU, the FDP and the Greens. The Greens will have the upper hand in negotiations, as agriculture is prioritized to a greater extent in their platform when compared to the other two parties. That said, the Greens' more radical proposals will be defeated due to the low-vote share in rural areas. Environmental concerns will receive a boost from the Greens' participation in debates on the CAP reform in the run up to 2020.

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Market Strategy - Monthly Commodities Strategy: Metals Outlook Firming, Grains Wilting - OCT 2017

Middle East & Africa September 2017 / Global / Industry

We expect only modest gains in commodity prices over the remainder of the year and performance across sub-categories will be mixed. For instance, we have turned more positive towards industrial metals and coal over the past month and have revised up our price forecasts for aluminium, iron ore and thermal coal. In contrast, we now have a less bullish view on grain prices and have significantly revised down our forecast for wheat prices.

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