- Wheat prices in international markets
continued to rise through the end of 2010 and into 2011,
presumably raising the cost of imported
wheat in the Middle East and North Africa.
- In the region, general inflation has
been high in the past decade and some governments responded to the
recent hike in international food prices
through lowering food import tariffs and increasing food subsidies.
- The most vulnerable countries appear
to be Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, and Sudan. Other vulnerable countries
could be Djibouti, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan,
Mauritania, and Syria.