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Rice and beans forever

The Middle East is becoming an increasingly attractive market for the Brazilian food industry. The last edition of Gulfood — sector trade fair held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates — confirmed the trend. The almost 80 Brazilian companies taking part struck business deals worth USD164mn, estimates Michel Alaby, secretary-general of the Arab-Brazil Chamber of Commerce (organizer, with Apex-Brasil support, of Brazil´s participation at Gulfood). In the next 12 months, US$653mn is expected to be struck in business deals — 55% more than in 2013. Among the deals closed at the fair, sweets and candies producer Peccin received orders from clients from Yemen, Kuwait and Palestine. Café Fazenda Caeté made its first sale to an Arab country — to a distributor from Dubai — of coffee sachets for infusion, while Brazilian Fruits signed contracts with clients from Iran, the Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Players such as JBS, Marfrig, Embaré and Oderich also participated at Gulfood.

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Coffees and sweets for the Gulf

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LM Salazar / Global Crop Diversity Trust

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LM Salazar / Global Crop Diversity Trust

The world could (almost) come to an end but Brazilians would still have their rice and beans. Since February, samples of bean seeds produced by Embrapa (Brazil´s agribusiness think tank) have been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Bank, located in the Norwegian city of Longyearbyen. The batch features carioca, black, trepador and red beans, among others. The bank was created precisely to guarantee the reemergence of agriculture after any catastrophe threatening the future of humanity — natural or caused by mankind. Its “safe” is home to seeds of vegetables from all over the world at an impressive site dug into an ice mountain close to the North Pole (the place was chosen to keep the samples at low temperatures even if such a disaster cuts energy supply). Financed by the Norwegian government and by the NGO Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Global Seed Bank had already received from Embrapa, in 2012, samples of corn and rice seeds.

Agribusiness exports A boost to the theme of Brazilian international agribusiness: Brazil´s Ministry of Agriculture has reactivated the Thematic Chamber of International Agricultural Negotiations for the first time since 2008. The Chamber brings together representatives of sector entities with an interest in exports and should play the role of negotiator between private sector and government. And about time too: agribusiness exports have kept the trade balance in surplus territory in recent years. What would happen to the trade balance if it weren’t for soybean, orange juice, meat, sugar and other agricultural products?

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