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Protein SuperPower

Using an analogy to Saudi Arabia’s commanding role in the oil sector, Charles Elworthy of Craigmore Research calls New Zealand a “protein superpower”. With a population of 4 million people, New Zealand produces enough food to feed 100 million people.

Specifically, New Zealand produces 35% of international wholesale trade in milk and 65% in sheep meat.

In making the case for investing in New Zealand agriculture, he notes the efficiency of production and the unlikelihood of an export bans. Another factor in New Zealand’s success in proteins is the effectiveness of transportation. For many of the markets they serve, the cost of shipping from New Zealand by sea to the destination port is a tiny portion of the cost of domestic distribution inside the importing country. Road and rail transportation is a bigger part of the cost infrastructure for protein in importing countries.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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