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UN steps up agricultural aid in Iraq with Saudi funds

11-Sep-2014 - UN agencies are stepping up emergency food and agricultural assistance in Iraq, thanks in part to large donations from Saudi Arabia.

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GCC offers major market for Australian farmers: Hassad

GCC states’ growing demand for food represents a major opportunity for Australian farmers, according to Qatar-owned agricultural firm Hassad Australia.

India’s Bakers Circle plans $6m Dubai factory

Indian bakery firm Bakers Circle is building a US$6m plant in Dubai to expand its operations into the Middle East and Africa.

Offshore agricultural investments pose major risk: Report

Gulf countries acquiring farmland in developing countries risk major backlashes, and should adopt long-term policies to avoid this, according to a report.

Gaza conflict causes $450m damage to agri infrastructure

The recent conflict in Gaza has effectively halted local food production and caused US$450m-worth of damage to the territory’s agricultural infrastructure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns.

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe as big players such as Mars and Nestlé up their investment and others eye entry, according to TechSci Research.

MENA packaging market to grow to $52.4bn by 2019

The packaging market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is valued at approximately $41.1bn in 2014 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% to $52.4bn by 2019, according to Smithers Pira.

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Organic boosts EHL’s sales

An ingredients firm has reported a dramatic increase in sales of its organic products for the third year running.

Saudi poultry production up, but struggling with disease and costs

Saudi Arabia’s poultry production is growing strongly, but disease and feed costs are thwarting the kingdom’s aim of domestic self-sufficiency, according to a US Department of Agriculture report.