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Middle East remains hotspot for global real estate investments

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US Economy Likely to Improve in 2013

A new survey by Money Journal.com shows that the U.S. economy is likely to improve in 2013, despite headwinds facing the nation.

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Turkey: Country of Honour at MIPIM 2013

PARIS, Jan., 2013 /PRNewswire/ — For its 24th edition, the World’s Property Market will place Turkey centre stage. MIPIM will host a pavilion dedicated to Turkey that will be inaugurated by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan , showcasing leading players in Turkey’s real estate industry. read more

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Standard Bank South Africa finances construction of Group Five’s new Head Office

Standard Bank South Africa has finalised a R408 million financing arrangement for leading commercial property investor and developer, Atterbury Property Group, to construct a head office block for engineering and construction firm Group Five at the Waterfall Business Estate development in northern Johannesburg. read more

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Climate Change, Agricultural Adaptation and Fairtrade

Contents
Executive Summary v
Acknowledgements viii
List of tables, boxes, figures and diagrams ix
1. Introduction 1
2. Conceptualising Fairtrade in agricultural commodities and climate change 1
2.1 Introducing Fairtrade 1
2.2 Climate science, impact models and trends 1
2.3 Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity and Resilience 3
2.4 Stakeholder climate knowledge 5
2.5 Climate change impacts on smallholder agriculture 5
2.6 Agricultural innovation systems 6
2.7 Types of adaptation responses 7
2.8 Conceptualising agricultural adaptation 7
3. The effects of climate on selected Fairtrade crops 10
3.1 Plant responses to increases in CO2 10
3.2 Changes in temperature 11
3.3 Changes in precipitation 11
3.4 Implications for crop production 11
3.4.1 Rice 11
3.4.2 Cotton 12
3.4.3 Vegetables 13
3.4.4 Coffee 14
3.4.5 Cocoa 15
3.4.6 Tea 15
3.4.7 Banana 16
3.4.8 Sugar cane 17
3.5 Summarising the evidence 17
4. Assessing the projected climate change impacts on key Fairtrade countries 18
4.1 Projected climate change impacts 18
4.2 Example country case studies 22
4.2.1 Kenya 22
4.2.2 Mali 23
4.2.3 Dominican Republic 24
5. Reviewing the evidence on the impacts of climate change on global trade in
Fairtrade commodities 25
6. Identifying possible adaptation strategies for Fairtrade 25
6.1 Farm level changes 25
6.1.1 Cropping adaptations 25
6.1.2 Improving the effectiveness of pest, disease and weed management practices 26
6.1.3 Plant breeding 26
6.1.4 Irrigation and improved water harvesting and management 26
6.1.5 Soil conservation 26
6.1.6 Diversifi cation of the farming system 26
6.2 Policy and institutional changes 28
6.2.1 Build up climate knowledge of producer groups 28
6.2.2 Encourage all producer groups and enterprises to integrate climate
considerations in their planning and impact assessment 29
6.2.3 Support participatory adaptation processes at community level 29
6.2.4 Provision of fi nancial support for transition 30
6.2.5 Improve on-going access to weather information 30
6.2.6 Contingency planning and crop insurance 30
6.2.7 Agricultural learning, extension and innovation 30
6.2.8 Improving ecosystem stewardship 31
6.2.9 Payments for ecosystem services and climate fi nance 31
6.2.10 Changing the content of standards 32
6.2.11 Livelihood Diversifi cation and Migration 32
6.2.12 Estate agriculture and hired labour 33
7. Conclusions 34
References 38
Annexes 43
1. Development barriers, promoters and climate change dimensions 43
2. Additional Country-level Climate Projections for 2060s, Africa 44
3. Additional Country-level Climate Projections for 2060s, Caribbean/Central America and Asia 45
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China Will Continue To Drive Agricultural Commodity Demand For Next Decade, Rabobank Client Poll Finds

Leaders in North American Food & Agribusiness Look at Key Issues for 2013:

— China’s Impact on Agri Commodity Demand read more

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U.S.: November Home Sales and Prices Higher than Expected

DENVER, Dec, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — November home sales saw the second-highest year-over-year increase in 2012, with a 15.7% rise from last November.  October had a 17.8% increase, making sales this fall season unusually high.  The November RE/MAX National Housing Report, a survey of MLS data in 52 metropolitan areas, also shows that home prices rose 6.9% higher than the prices seen in November 2011.  The Median Price for homes sold this November was $163,750.  Rising prices are due mostly to a dwindling inventory, which continued to drop across the country.  The average number of homes for sale is now 29.1% lower than last year.  Low inventory levels are having a negative impact on home sales in many markets, where there are more buyers than homes for sale. read more

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Migration and Development NGOs are asked to submit proposals for fund

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Strengthening Investment Ties between Middle East and Africa

Government Ministers from these two regions gather as The Africa Middle East Investment Forum begins read more

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Colliers International Reports Positive Global Investor Sentiment With Focused Cross Border Targets

U.S. Identified as Most Attractive Region for Global Real Estate Investment read more

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Affordable housing rental market looks increasingly attractive

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Professional Indemnity Insurance in South Africa

NEW YORK, Nov., 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: read more

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Freddie Mac Suspends All Evictions, Foreclosures In Hurricane Sandy Major Disaster Areas

Company Preparing Steps to Expedite Forbearances, Repairs with Insurance Proceeds read more

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Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff Attorneys Named “Detroit Lawyers of the Year” by 2013 Best Lawyers® in America

Best Lawyers named Shareholder and President Michael J. Sullivan the 2013 Detroit Professional Malpractice Law — Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” for the third consecutive year. Fellow Shareholder Noreen L. Slank was selected as the 2013 Detroit Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year.”

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