Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor

The AP Food Price and Policy Monitor is a monthly report tasked to monitor food prices in local markets and provide readers with up to date food/agricultural policy developments across the Asia Pacific region.

In the October 2014 issue, the AP Food Price and Policy Monitor identified following highlights:

  • General inflation in the region slowed to 3.9 percent from 5.1 percent, while food price inflation persisted at 3.9 percent in September.
  • Rice prices in the Philippines were 15.4 percent higher than last year for regular-milled varieties, and 15.9 percent higher for well-milled varieties.
  • Rice prices in Sri Lanka are 35.8 percent higher than one year ago, with drought expected to reduce rice output by 22 percent compared to last year.
  • Bangladesh will export 50 000 tonnes of rice to drought-stricken Sri Lanka, its largest export of non-fragrant rice since independence in 1971.
  • South Korea increased its subsidy to rice farmers by 10 percent to boost production and reduce dependency on rice imports.
  • Iraq cancelled September’s tender for rice imports because of spreading conflict.
  • Preliminary estimates are that 971 000 hectares of crops in Pakistan have been damaged by floods.



Previous publications on Asia Pacific Food Situation

Asia Pacific Food Situation Update

Asia Pacific Food Weekly Price Monitor