Sugar Highs and Lows

Sugar, an important agricultural crop, commodity, and food, is predominately derived from sugar cane and is grown by large and small scale farmers around the world. Though sugar is commonly recognized as a sweetener or cooking aid, it actually has many other uses. Sugar can be a source of energy, a medicinal aid, a fortifier, and, for many around the world, a source of income.[1] As sugar is processed in almost every food category, many people around the world are concerned with the price of sugar and its economic impact from the small holder farmer through production. The following post will look at the projected fluctuation of global sugar production and then take a deeper dive into India, the second largest producer of sugar in the world. 

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How Climate Change Could Alter Vietnamese Society

Vietnam’s central highlands are rich in natural resources, containing lush forests, diverse wildlife, and historically one of the most productive coffee-growing locales on the planet. In the early part of 2016, however, the country suffered the worst drought seen in nearly a century. As a result, coffee traders now expect that output of the Robusta variety grown in the central highlands region may decrease by as much as 30% over the next marketing year.[1]

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