International Agricultural Market Monitoring: Germany takes over AMIS Chair

Established at the initiative of the G20 Agriculture Ministers in 2011, the Agricultural Market Information System AMIS collects and pools data on weather conditions, harvest prospects and prices for the globally important staple foods rice, maize, wheat and soybeans.

The aim is to enhance market transparency and thus help to better prevent hunger crises and excessive price volatilities. Germany took over as AMIS Chair for twelve months at the end of June.

The AMIS Secretariat is based with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. A Market Monitor is published every month.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has announced that it will actively support the further development of the Agricultural Market Information System (in short AMIS) during its presidency. Among other things, the BMEL intends to further improve the database by specifically contacting individual countries. The Ministry can rely on the European Commission in this matter since the latter explicitly endorses the further development of the database to become an even more precise forecasting tool. The BMEL will contribute 300,000 Euro in 2016 and 2017 for measures to improve the system.
AMIS does not only evaluate data of the G20 states, but also those of the most important exporting and importing countries. Among these are countries like Egypt, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam. The system thus covers over 80 percent of global trade with the most important food products.

Although comprehensive data are not yet provided by all countries involved, AMIS is already considered as a success story. It has established itself as an analytical tool. Thanks to coordinated policy measures it helped, for instance, to prevent excessive market reactions during the Crimean and Ukrainian crisis.
France, the United Kingdom and Australia held the chair before the United States, who took the AMIS chair last. Germany was elected as the new chair unanimously.

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