Agribusiness

The practices of seed companies, agro-chemical suppliers, shipping firms, and food processers and retailers have major impacts on food systems around the world. These sectors are consolidating fast, enhancing the ability of multinational agribusinesses to shape the governance of supply chains and food systems more broadly. In the seed and agrochemical industry alone, a range of unprecedented deals are in process: the $130 billion merger between US agro-chemical giants, Dow and DuPont or Bayer’s $66 billion buyout of Monsanto.

Consolidation across the agri-food chain is having major impacts on the way companies innovate, as well as their ability to set conditions and prices in markets. In this context, it is crucial to ask how agribusiness-led change can be reconciled with the fundamental changes required to build sustainable food systems.

Publications

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Too big to feed: Exploring the impacts of mega-mergers, consolidation and concentration of power in the agri-food sector

This report assesses the current state of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity across the food system, and identifies the risks arising from unprecedented consolidation at every node of the agri-food chain.  

Read the full report (EN)
Read the executive summary (EN)

October 2017

Open letter to the European Commission re. Bayer-Monsanto Merger

Open letter from IPES-Food to Commissioner Vestager concerning Bayer AG's acquisition of Monsanto  (case M.8084 notified to the Commission on 30 June 2017 under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings).

Read the letter (EN)

September 2018

Too Big To Feed - Short Report

prepared by ETC Group

The 'Too Big to Feed Short Report' was developed by ETC Group, in partnership with IPES-Food. It summarizes the full report Too Big to Feed, published by IPES-Food in October 2017. The full report includes additional data and a more detailed analysis on the impact of the consolidation of the agri-food sector. 

Read the shorter report (ENES)

Media

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May 2018

Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

Reuters | Thin Lei Win

May 2018

Campaigners fear Latin America is rolling back on eco-farming promises

Reuters

October 2017

Farmers squeezed as big agribusinesses get too big says expert group

Farm Online Australia | Andrew Marshall

October 2017

Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, experts warn

Euractiv | Paola Tamma

October 2017

Food Experts’ Report Says Agri-Food Corporations Cornering Food Chains

Latin American Herald Tribune

October 2017

Entre el hambre, la inteligencia de datos y el arroz

El Comercio | Xavier Basantes

October 2017

Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warn

Reuter | Alex Whiting

October 2017

Expertos acusan a multinacionales de querer controlar la cadena alimentaria

La Vanguardia | EFE

October 2017

Hidden cost of feeding grain to farm animals to hit $1.32tn a year

The Guardian | Bibi van der Zee

May 2017

Decoding Diversity in the Food System: Wheat and Bread in North America

Phil Howard

January 2017

Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity

The Guardian | Olivier De Schutter & Emile Frison

January 2017

The Increasingly Shaky Foundations of Industrial Agriculture

Food & Farming Discussion Lab

October 2016

Farming mega-mergers threaten food security, say campaigners

The Guardian | John Vidal

Infographics

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October 2017

4 and 8 firm concentration in agricultural input industries

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October 2017

Sample of recent agrochemical mergers

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October 2017

Sample of recent animal-pharmaceutical mergers

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October 2017

Sample of recent food and beverage industry mergers

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October 2017

Sample of recent food retailer megers

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October 2017

Concentration in the agri-food supply chain

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October 2017

Cross-licensing agreements for genetically engineered seed traits

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October 2017

The 2010 multi-state salmonella outbreak in eggs

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October 2017

Horizontal vs. vertical integration

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October 2017

Concentration in the meat processing industry

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October 2017

Top agricultural commodity traders companies 2014

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October 2017

Top 10 agrochemical companies 2014

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October 2017

Top 10 animal pharmaceutical companies 2014

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October 2017

Top 10 farm machinery companies

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October 2017

Top 10 fertilizer companies 2014

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October 2017

Top 10 food & beverage companies 2014

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October 2017

Top 10 livestock-breeding-genetics companies 2014

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October 2017

Top 10 meat processor companies 2014

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