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Bad Weather Helps To Push World Food Prices To Six-Year High – UN

Volunteers put together meals packages to be distributed to individuals in want on the Zaqueo Association in Palma de Mallorca on December 2, 2020.
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Global meals commodity costs rose sharply in November to their highest degree in almost six years, the UN meals company mentioned Thursday, due partly to adversarial climate situations.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) mentioned costs of probably the most globally traded foodstuffs had been up throughout the board, placing additional strain particularly on 45 international locations that want outdoors assist feeding their populations.

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 105 factors through the month, up 3.9 p.c from October and 6.5 p.c from a yr earlier.

“The monthly increase was the sharpest since July 2012, putting the index at its highest level since December 2014,” the Rome-based company mentioned.

The greatest rise was within the vegetable oil worth index, which jumped 14.5 p.c due to low palm oil shares.

The cereal worth index rose 2.5 p.c from October — making it almost 20 p.c increased than a yr in the past.

Wheat export costs had been additionally up, due to decreased harvest prospects in Argentina, as had been maize costs, with decrease output expectations within the US and Ukraine and enormous purchases by China, the FAO mentioned.

The sugar worth index was up 3.3 p.c month-on-month amid “growing expectations of a global production shortfall” as dangerous climate sparked weaker crop prospects within the EU, Russia and Thailand.

Dairy costs additionally rose 0.9 p.c to close an 18-month excessive, partly due to a growth in gross sales in Europe. Meat costs had been up 0.9 p.c from October, however considerably down on a yr in the past, the report mentioned.

The improve in costs is an additional burden for individuals who noticed their revenue fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, which the FAO mentioned is proving to be “an important driver of the levels of global food insecurity”.

“The pandemic is exacerbating and intensifying already fragile conditions caused by conflicts, pests and weather shocks, including recent hurricanes in Central America and floods in Africa,” it mentioned.

“Forty-five countries, 34 of them in Africa, continue to be in need of external assistance for food,” it mentioned.

What is extra, it famous a threat of above-average rainfall in southern Africa and East Asia, whereas elements of Near East Asia and East Africa had been anticipating decreased rains, “conditions that may result in adverse production shocks”.

 

AFP

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