Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher level over the next decade, enforced by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook published on 11th July 2012. With farmland area expected to expand only slightly in the coming decade, additional production will need to come from increased productivity, including by reducing productivity gaps in developing countries, the report said. Much of the projected growth will come from developing countries, which will increasingly dominate in the production of most agricultural commodities, and also take on a more important role in commodity trade. Domestic and foreign investments in agriculture are fundamental to improve productivity and hence assure food security in the future.