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Latin America’s 34 nations are facing the end of three important supercycles that have helped drive economic growth and the alleviation of poverty, according to Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Watch the video, filmed at the 2014 World Economic Forum on Latin America, in the player above.

The World Economic Forum on Latin America 2015 takes place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, from 6-8 May.

Mango Crop Report Alert from the National Mango Board

The Mango Crop Report from the National Mango Board has been updated.

Click here to see the newest Mango Crop Report.

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Mango Market News

Mango volume shipped on week ending 5/2/15 was approximately 3,536,666 boxes.

Compared to the same week last year, volume shipped was approximately 3,308,003 boxes.

Detailed variety information has been added to the NMB Crop Report.

Click here to get the report.

Mexico Mango Crop Information

The Mexican season began at the end of January and will run until September with a projection of approximately 40 million boxes until 6/20/15.

Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Guerrero main varieties until 6/20/15 are Ataulfo (40%),Tommy Atkins (43%), Haden (12%), Kent (4%), Keitt (.01%) and Other (.33%).

EMEX projections for all packinghouses have been posted. North Sinaloa projections are not included.

Volume shipped on week ending 5/2/15

Volume shipp…

AUSTRALIA : Dry Autumn good news for NT mangoes

Northern Territory mango crops have unexpectedly started to flower early. That is thanks to a drier than usual wet season, and cooler than average temperatures during the first month of Autumn. “If we get early fruit we always have good quality early fruit with that,” says Greg Owens, Engagement Officer with the Northern Territory Farmers Association.“That helps every market in terms of export too, but we will see what happens with the end of the Queensland wet season. If they follow us into the mango flowering (wet) season it should be a good year.” 

The fact that the flowers also attract insects will mean growers have to be on the lookout for issues affecting the quality of the fruit, according to Mr Owens.“You always have to be on the ball in terms of pest and disease management. A dry wet season sometimes catches people on the hop and certain pests can multiply in the flowers.”

Mango farmer Ross Maxwell spoke with media about how he and his staff are carrying out midnight spraying o…

US container imports surge as West Coast backlog clears

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | May 08, 2015 12:26PM EDT

Containerized imports through major U.S. port gateways hit record levels in March as West Coast ports disgorged shipments that backed up during weeks of gridlock, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.

Port Tracker, published by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, said ports covered by the report handled 1.73 million 20-foot-equivalent units in March, the latest number for which after-the-fact totals are available.

The number was up 44.9 percent from February, when West Coast ports were crippled by reduced productivity during labor-management squabbling over a new longshore workers’ contract, and up 33.1 percent from March 2014.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association tentatively agreed on a five-year contract in February after eight months of negotiations. ILWU leadership has recommended that members vote for ratification, but votes won’t be counted until M…

INDIA : Mangoes along the Mandovi draw curious glances

TNN | May 8, 2015, 02.00 PM IST

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Nida Sayed

Along the banks of the River Mandovi, ripe golden-yellow mangoes sitting pretty along the promenade of Dayanand Bandodkar Marg in Panaji are attracting a sea of curious glances.

 The mangoes are on display for the 11th annual Konkan fruit festival and the second annual Goa mango festival being held in tandem.

Approximately 700 people have registered for the competition bringing to the forefront more than 30 varieties of mangoes like Mancurad, Xavier, Malgessa, Kesar, Pairi, Ghotta, Bisma and Alphonso. 

Some exotic varieties like Tom Atkins, a mango from Florida, and Husn-e-ara, a Lucknow variety, have also made it to the stalls. 

"Monoculture is not good. There is very little awareness about the types of mangoes among Goan farmers. Events like these expose them to a diverse range of mangoes that can be cultivated in the state,"says deputy director, dir…

Threats to soil productivity threaten food security

Date:May 7, 2015

Source:University of Delaware

Summary:A group of leading soil scientists points out the precarious state of the world's soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security.


The soils of the world, including those critical for food production are at risk.
Credit: © Biletskiy Evgeniy / Fotolia

A group of leading soil scientists, including the University of Delaware's Donald L. Sparks, has summarized the precarious state of the world's soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security in a paper published Thursday, May 7, in the journal Science.

In a review of recent scientific literature, the article, titled "Soil and Human Security in the 21st Century," outlines threats to soil productivity -- and, in turn, food production -- due to soil erosion, nutrient exhaustion, urbanization and climate change.

"Soil is our planet's epidermis,"said Sparks, echoing the opening line of the article. "It's onl…