LIEGE, BELGIUM — The European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) during its General Assembly on June 5 in Liege, Belgium, elected Marek Kumprecht as honorary member for his dedication and personal commitment to expand regional cooperation and membership in Central and Eastern European countries.
He convinced the Czech feed industry to become the first FEFAC member from the new E.U. candidate countries in 2000. He organized the E.U. TAIEX/FEFAC workshop for all E.U. candidate countries in Prague in 2002, opening a series of 15 bilateral and regional workshops on E.U. feed safety legislation resulting in membership applications of 12 national feed associations from the new E.U. member states, E.U. candidate and neighboring countries. His inimitable personal style blending highest professional ethics and diplomatic skills, seasoned with a good dose of Czech humor, have made him the perfect ambassador helping to reshape FEFAC’s membership landscape, FEFAC said.
Kumprecht has a master’s of science degree in animal nutrition and serves as sales & marketing manager at Royal De Heus, a.s. Before that, he was managing director at Afeed, a.s. and Trouw Nutrition Biofaktory, sro.
Kumprecht is the 8th holder of the title of FEFAC Honorary Member since the Federation was founded in 1959, following Hubert Marek, Marcel van Belle, Carl Brenninkmeyer, André Namur, Franz-Josef Juchem, Giordano Veronesi and Helen Raine.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.