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22 Mar 2011 description

- Inflation trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suggest that the steep rise in grain prices in international export markets between June 2010 and early 2011 has been passed through to consumer prices.

- Governments have taken measures to contain the cost of food to consumers and to raise households' disposable income, such as reductions in food import tariffs, increases in food price subsidies, and increases in welfare transfers.