FAO Food Price Index eases again in February, mostly thanks to cereal prices

15 March 20242 min reading

February's FAO Food Price Index dipped by 0.7%, largely due to decreased cereal prices, reflecting a 10.5% year-on-year decrease. Anticipated bumper harvests in key producing regions like Argentina and Brazil, along with reduced wheat export quotations from Russia, contributed to the decline.

The latest update on the FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) for February 2024 unveils a 0.7% decrease, with cereal prices playing a pivotal role in this downturn. Comparing February 2024 to the same period last year, the FFPI's 10.5% decrease underscores the sustained global food price decline. Specifically, the FAO Cereal Price Index registered a significant decline of 5.0%, reflecting decreases across major cereals like maize, wheat, barley, and sorghum.

This downward trend is primarily attributed to the anticipation of abundant harvests in key producing regions such as Argentina, Brazil, and the Russia. Furthermore, the market saw a reduction in export quotations for wheat, notably from the Russia, which further contributed to the overall decline in cereal prices.

Alongside cereals, the FFPI also witnessed decreases in vegetable oil prices, while slight increases were noted in meat and dairy prices. Notably, international prices for poultry and bovine meat experienced upticks, driven by rising demand. Conversely, ovine meat prices declined due to slowed imports by China. Dairy prices varied, with butter prices rising due to increased Asian demand, while whole milk powder prices increased slowly, largely influenced by heightened import demand from China.

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