Global Food Price Monitor - April 2011

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  • The FAO Food Price Index fell in March from the peak in February, driven mostly by a contraction of oils and sugar prices.

  • International grain prices highly volatile in March, while those of rice declined.

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, prices of main staple coarse grains are increasing in Eastern Africa but remain generally low and stable in other subregions.

  • In Asia, domestic prices of rice and wheat remained firm in March.

  • In the CIS countries, wheat prices reached new record levels in several countries.

  • In Central America, maize prices have surged in the past months.

  • In South America, prices of wheat and maize higher than last year.