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Oilcrops, oils and meals: global market assessment - November 2020
Preliminary forecasts for the 2020/21 season point towards a tightening supply-demand situation for oilseeds and their derived products. After registering a marked decline in 2019/20, global oilseed production is forecast to climb to a new record in 2020/21, underpinned by a pronounced increase in soybean production... link to full document

Oilcrops complex: Policy Changes and Industry Measures – Annual Compendium
The compendium offers an overview of salient government policies and related private sector measures concerning global and national markets for oilcrops and derived products. Its purpose is to facilitate the work of policy makers, market experts, analysts and other interested stakeholders by providing a short, concise overview of policy developments relevant to the sector. Detailed news items are presented in tabular form, preceded by a brief discussion of the key policy trends observed in the year under review. download latest issue

Price indices for oilcrops and derived products
The indices are derived from a trade-weighted average of a selection of representative internationally traded products.To access the series of indices along with commentary on latest price developments click here.

The Oilcrops Monthly Price and Policy Update (MPPU) is an information product provided by the oilseeds desk of the Trade and Markets Division. As a complement to our bi-annual market reports, this brief note follows two purposes: first, to review the development of international prices for oilseeds, oils and meals as reflected by FAO’s specific price indices and second, to spot recent policy and market events - selected from a variety of sources - that are deemed important for the global oilseed economy. The brief shall be issued in the second week of each month, for a total of 10 issues per year. The note, which will be available in English only, will be posted on this web page as well as sent to subscribers of the Oilcrops Market Network.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook: Oilseed Projections 2020-2029
Highlights:During the outlook period, global soybean production is projected to continue to expand at 1.3% p.a., with the expansion of area harvested accounting for about a third of global output growth. With domestic output projected  to  reach140Mt by 2029, Brazil is expected to be the world’s largest producer, ahead of the United States with a projected production of 120Mt by 2029. Together, these countries are expected to account for about two-thirds of world soybean production... read more
» Full chapter on oilseeds, oils and meals
See also:
» Chapter on biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel)


Oil crops include both annual (usually called oilseeds) and perennial plants whose seeds, fruits or nuts are either consumed directly as food or crushed to obtain oil (used by the food, oleochemical, biofuel and other industries) as well as protein-rich meal (used as feed in the livestock sector).

Some of the crops included are also fibre crops in that both the seeds and the fibres are harvested from the same plant. Such crops include coconuts, kapok fruit, cotton, linseed and hempseed.