A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food Corporation of India (FCI) as the food-grains authority looks to strengthen and integrate its supply chain.
When Michael Jolley left his carob orchard in South Australia to attend his first Asian food industry show in Hong Kong recently, he was amazed by the response of visitors who had never before seen the ingredient.
Asian companies will soon cotton on to the idea that they can export organic goods into China just as smoothly as Australian companies, which have traditionally enjoyed a strong link through its leading certification body.
Though the terms of Australia’s approach to its “Asian Century” policy might need some finessing, there is no doubt China still holds massive potential—as long as businesses learn how to network the local way.
Australia, one of the countries to suffer grave losses with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has stressed that Russia’s retaliatory embargo on the import of agricultural products will have a limited effect on its economy.
The World Bank has come under a barrage of criticism from rights groups, which allege its revised rules for granting loans of up to US$50bn a year to developing countries will have disastrous consequences for indigenous peoples and the poor.
China’s involvement is critical in order to scale up the production of sustainable, certified soy and a leading non-profit group says an increasing number of dissenting voices within that country could see the Asian giant take up the gauntlet.
The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the coat-tails of genuine certification, the head of Australia’s organic farmers’ industry body warned after securing an injunction against a company...
New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries has released manuka honey labelling interim guidelines to clarify what claims can be made and what constitutes the widely counterfeited and vaguely regulated variety of honey.