Global food price rises in January — FAO
Benjamin Umuteme, Blueprint (Nigeria)
February 7, 2019
Global food prices began the year on a buoyant note, as the FAO Food
Price Index averaged 164.8 points in January 2019, up 1.8 percent from
In its Food Price Index report for Januay 2019, released on Thursday,
the UN Agency noted that a sharp rebound in dairy price quotations and
firmer prices of palm and soy oils drove the increase.
The Food Price Index, an indicator of the monthly changes in
international prices of a basket of food commodities, was still 2.2
percent below its January 2018 level.
The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 168.1 points in January, up
marginally from December. Prices of the major grains were generally
firm amid tightening export supplies and robust world demand...
... The FAO Meat Price Index was almost unchanged from December. The
January value was calculated assuming stable meat prices in the United
States of America, where official data were not available due to the
government shutdown. Elsewhere, international price quotations for
bovine, pig and poultry meat remained steady, while ovine meat prices
declined in step with ample exportable supplies in Oceania.
Meanwhile, in its latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also
published Thursday, FAO lifted the world’s 2018 cereal production
estimate to 2 611 million tonnes...