World food prices at 5-year high in December: UN
Commodity Online | January 10 2020
UPDATED 12:14:10 IST

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Global food prices hit a five-year high in December, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its monthly report.

The FAO Food Price Index soared 2.5% on a monthly basis, averaging 181.7 last month, due to strong rallies in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy markets, FAO said.

The figure for 2019, however, was 171.5 points on average, up 1.8% from previous year.

The vegetable oil price index in December rose 9.4% from the previous month, reaching a 25-month high.

"The latest upturn was primarily driven by firming palm oil prices, while soy, sunflower and rapeseed oil values also increased," it said.

Sugar climbed 4.8% month-on-month, prompted by rising crude oil prices.

Dairy posted a monthly rise of 3.3% in December, FAO noted.

Cereal rebounded %1.4, largely led by higher international wheat prices.

The meat price index was almost unchanged during the same period.

The FAO Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index that tracks international market prices of five major food commodity groups.