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Jan 19, 2011 / Richard Hall

WORLD FOOD PRICES – HOW SERIOUS ?

Average world food prices are now higher than during the crisis three years ago that sparked riots in numerous countries.

This chart from the Financial Times of 6th January, taking data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, is all too clear.

A dangerous rise? FAO food price index
Yet, this time, there is less cause for alarm.  Some of the highest increases have affected corn, fruit, meat, sugar and vegetable oil.  The two biggest staples of rice and wheat, on which much of the world depends, have had relatively good harvests.

Volatility, however, in weather and in price inflation remains a high risk for us all.

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