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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2008

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This 2008 edition of the OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook covers the outlook for commodity markets during the 2008 to 2017 period, and brings together the commodity, policy and country expertise of both Organisations. The report analyses world market trends for the main agricultural products, as well as biofuels and provides an assessment of agricultural market prospects for production, consumption, trade, stocks and prices of the included commodities.  This publication includes Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet files containing background data, as well as a special chapter on high prices which analyses whether they are here to stay. The market projections cover OECD countries, as well as other key agricultural players including India, China, Brazil, the Russian Federation and Argentina, and many other non-OECD countries and regions.  In total, the projections encompass 39 countries and 19 regions.

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Biofuels

High energy prices and growing concerns on global warming have, among other factors, increased public interest in renewable energies in general. Within these, biofuels – liquid transport fuels produced from biomass – receive particular attention; production technologies based on starchy, sugary or oily agricultural commodities (such as cereals, sugar cane and oilseeds, respectively) are relatively simple, and the resulting fuels – ethanol and biodiesel – can be used in conventional combustion engines with no or comparatively little modifications. While the OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook 2007-2016 for the first time explicitly considered feedstock use for biofuel production as an important factor in agricultural markets, this Outlook report includes full projections for supply, demand, trade and prices of ethanol and biodiesel.

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