Home / Agriculture/ FAO Food Price Index rises in February mostly on higher dairy prices

FAO Food Price Index rises in February mostly on higher dairy prices

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00



Global food prices rose in February pushed up by increases in dairy prices

ROME (Reuters): Global food prices rose in February, with the FAO Food Price Index averaging 167.5 points, up 1.7% from January, in part driven up by sharp increases in dairy prices. 

The Index, which is an indicator of the monthly changes in international prices of a basket of food commodities, is currently at its highest level since August 2018, but still nearly 2.3% below its value at the same month last year. 

The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged almost 169 points in February, up marginally from January mostly on firmer maize prices. 

The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index increased by 1.8%, to 133.5 points, marking its highest level since October 2018. The rise in February was mainly due to higher price quotations of palm, soy and sunflower oils.  

The FAO Meat Price Index was up slightly, supported by higher prices of bovine and pig meat. 

The FAO Dairy Price Index increased by 5.6% from January, driven by a strong import demand for skim milk powder, whole milk powder and cheese. An expected seasonal drop in butter production also contributed to pushing up butter prices.

The FAO Sugar Price Index rose by 1.2% from January, largely on concerns over production prospects in some of the main producing countries. 

Global cereal markets remain well supplied in 2018/19 despite lower production 

In its new Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also published today, FAO lowered the world’s 2018 cereal production estimate to 2,609 million tonnes, down 2.8 million tonnes from January. The latest revision rests almost entirely on a lower estimate for the United States’ maize output and reinforces an overall year-on-year decrease in global cereal production.

The FAO forecasts of global cereal utilisation and stocks in 2018/19 have also been lowered this month. However, the ratio of global cereal carryovers to utilisation (stock-to-use) in 2018/19, which is seen to fall from 30.5% in 2017/18 to 28.3% in 2018/19, would still represent a relatively comfortable level.

FAO’s forecast for world trade in cereals in 2018/19 has been lowered by two million tonnes since last month to just over 413 million tonnes. Among the major cereals, the forecast for global wheat trade has been trimmed most, by around 800,000 tonnes, largely on weaker pace in purchases by several Asian and South American countries. 

First wheat production forecast for 2019

While the bulk of the winter wheat crop in the northern hemisphere is still in dormancy phase, FAO’s first forecast of world wheat production in 2019 is pegged at 757 million tonnes. At this level, this year’s output would be 4.0% above the level attained in 2018 but still short of the record high registered in 2017.    


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

A case for reviewing plantation management

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in

How are we doing in e-government?

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued

National introspection in the aftermath

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th

Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

Thursday, 23 May 2019

During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contribute

Columnists More