There is no single market for agricultural and soft commodities – each commodity has its own unique value chain and combination of production methods, processing/transformations, and consumption patterns; the combinations of which any particular commodity can, and in many cases will, vary significantly by geography.
Prices for these commodities are influenced by weather, input costs (seed, fuel, fertilizer, equipment and labor), changing consumer lifestyles, wealth distribution. Plus
In this ComTech Advisory White Paper, we take a look at the concept of Open Source software in commodity trading. In doing so, we are asking the question, why has this approach not yet been tried? And if it were to be tried, would it help? The white paper is really designed to foster debate around the topic as opposed to take a stance on the issue one way or the other. Acutely aware of the many challenges facing both users and vendors in this fast moving and complex business, ComTech Advisory Plus