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The London-based commodity consultancy VM Group today launches, a unique service that gathers in one web-based  location all the essential analysis and data that track  developments in global crop markets. Specialising in agricultural commodities in Asia, Africa and South America,  publishes expert commentary on:

Major soft commodities
food security
national and international food policies

Published daily by a team of London journalists, analysts and  statisticians, is headed by former Financial Times commodities editor Gary Mead. The portal includes all the  important agricommodity news of the day, detailed weather  forecasts that impact on global crops, and time-delayed commodity prices streamed from the leading international exchanges.

A central feature of our commentary is the Grains of Truth  section which puts into perspective the political and economic  events affecting specific crop markets.

Here readers will find  unbiased, authoritative and candid opinion based on a deep  understanding of individual soft commodities and the regions in  which they are produced and consumed.

Intended as a first port of  call for commodity traders, brokers, investors and producers of  agricommodities, the site has an extensive statistical section offering producer country profiles and detailed data on all the  major soft commodities including coffee, sugar, cocoa, palm oil and grains.

The statistical datasets are particularly relevant to financial institutions, government bodies and international  aid agencies. The majority of the site’s facilities are free and  open access although a specialist subscription membership is  also available. is supported editorially by VM Group, the  London-based commodity consultancy which collectively has 175  years of commodity experience in agricommodities, precious metals  markets and energy markets. VM produces authoritative weekly and  monthly analysis and has a lengthy track record of accurately  forecasting political developments, corporate takeovers and  market price trends.

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