- The FAO Food Price Index in December
slightly surpassed its peak of early summer 2008. The indices of sugar
and oils and fats increased the most.
- International rice prices decreased
in the first half of January and those of wheat and maize remained firm
after increasing in December.
- In Africa, prices of maize, sorghum
and millet, the main staples in the region, remained generally low in the
past months following bumper 2010 coarse grain harvests.
- In Asia, domestic prices of rice further
strengthened in December and are at record levels in several countries.