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International commodity benchmarks and producer prices

At the fourth Session of the AMIS Global Food Market Information Group, which was held in Rome in October 2013, the Group requested the Secretariat to undertake a closer examination of agricultural price transmission from futures benchmarks to farm-gate. That request provided the genesis for this paper. (October 2014) Read more

Improving feed use estimations: Data, methodology and gaps

Feed use accounts for about a third of world consumption of cereals. Despite its significance, feed utilization is a largely unknown component in supply and demand balances. Within the framework of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), this research paper tries to improve our understanding of feed utilization by reviewing feed consumption patterns and methods for estimating feed use. (September 2014) Read more

A presentation by USDA on developing biofuel indicators for AMIS

Over the past ten years, the increase in ethanol production in the United States has changed market dynamics in maize and related grain markets, which may impact prices and availability for more traditional grain uses such as food and feed. This paper, kindly prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture for AMIS, explores potential indicators to monitor profitability of ethanol production from maize. (February 2014) Read more

Nonlinear cointegration in the food-ethanol-oil system: Evidence from smooth threshold vector error correction models

Since 2000, global production of ethanol, the most widely used transport renewable fuel, more than quadrupled, reaching in 2011 a total of 84.6 billion litres. This paper examines the nature of the relationship between crude oil, ethanol and the prices of maize, wheat and rice. (December 2013) Read more

Structural change in the agricultural futures markets?

The tide of financial flows into commodities markets, seemingly unstoppable over the past decade, appears to be ebbing. (October 2013) Read more

Stocks-to-use ratios as indicators of vulnerability to spikes in global cereal markets

This paper addresses the challenge of how best to utilize available global information in order to strengthen global capacity to issue early warnings of possible price volatility, and thus enhance food security and emergency policy responses to threats to food security. (October 2012) Read more

Futures markets signal change: Interpreting price behaviour

Greater understanding of global markets is one of the main objectives of AMIS. For this reason, identifying indicators which can signal changing market conditions on a timely basis will be among its first outputs. This section briefly describes two indicators, commonly used by participants in the futures and cash markets, which are relevant to importers and exporters. (November 2011) Read more

Review of changes in domestic cereal prices during the global price spikes

During the periods of global food crisis and price spikes that have occurred since mid-2007, there have been reports of widespread price rises across the world. Changes in domestic prices are determined by a number of factors, one of them being prices in the world markets. (November 2011) Read more