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FAO and chicken worldwide in 2015: production up, international trade down

As usual at this time of year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released its new forecasts for global meat production and trade in 2015, comparing them with the still preliminary results from 2014.

In production, most growth is forecast in chicken which, accounting for just over one third (35.16%) of the total of the four meats evaluated, will increase by close to 1.5%.

In international trade, however, the situation is reversed, because chicken is the only meat to fall. The decline is small, at -0.79%, but is worse than that for pork and ovine meat, which maintain the same levels seen in 2014.And it is much worse than beef, which is the only meat to indicate an increase in international trade, by just over 1%.

There will be a slight change in the mix in international trade. However, chicken remains the leader with just over 41.5% of the volume estimated for the four meats. Beef accounts for 32% of total trade, pork has just over 23%, and ovine meat has 3.3%.

The FAO estimates only a marginal increase (+ 0.23% on 2014) in per capita consumption, and a return to the same level as in 2013, at 43.4 kilograms.

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