Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Lee Mannering
A few weeks ago I read an article blog that discussed how global food production will be affected by climate issues such as rising greenhouse gas emissions will change rainfall patterns, river flows and temperatures. It cited research published in the journal Climatic Change which showed that under both optimistic and pessimistic scenarios of future emissions, the many effects of climate change could together cause food production to fall 0.5 percent by the end of this decade, and 2.3 percent by the 2050s.
Fruit and vegetable prices are predicted to be similarly affected, costing 30 percent more in a climate-changed world in 2050.
During our Fresh Summit 2013 Convention & Expo next month in New Orleans, Louisiana, we’re taking a look at the global economy in the workshop “Economic and Financial Markets Outlook for Q4 2013 and Beyond,” which features speakers from Rabobank in The Netherlands and North America.
In this high level session for CEOs, CFOs and other c-suite executives, Rabobank’s representatives will provide strategic insights into the fiscal and economic trends driving current market conditions and the global outlook for markets over the next 15 months. They will cover economic and financial trends in the U.S., Europe and emerging markets, and highlight factors shaping fiscal policy and economic development in key agricultural markets, especially Brazil, Russia, India and China (also known as the BRICs). They’ll also look at conditions affecting corporate borrowers – pricing and volume trends in the leveraged loan and investment grade markets and identify best practices for choosing your banking partners. Attendees will engage in an interactive discussion that connects these topics to the relevant financial and commercial issues facing the produce industry.
If you’re planning to come to Fresh Summit, the deadline to register in advance is October 4. If you’re bringing some colleagues to Fresh Summit, please note that companies bringing five or more paid registrations (any registration type), will receive $90 off the All Access Pass. These registrations must be submitted at the same time. For large groups, please contact the PMA Solution Center at +1 (302) 738-7100. Additional registration and travel details are available via our website.
Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the BRIC markets, some of my colleagues have posted blogs on BRIC market influencers and consumer opportunities on PMA Xchange.