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

  • Regional inflation moderated to 5.3 percent in July, down from 5.9 percent in June, as food price inflation fell to 4 percent from 4.8 percent
  • The FAO cereals price index fell by 5.5 percent in July compared to June, reflecting a 9.2 percent and a 5.8 percent decline in maize and wheat prices.
  • Fruit and vegetable prices rose sharply in South Asia as heavy rains in the region and plant disease outbreaks in India affected major producing areas.
  • Indonesia’s rice imports are forecast to increase sharply in 2014 in line with a deteriorating production outlook.
  • China has agreed to buy 100 000 tonnes of rice from Cambodia, up from the 28 300 tonnes imported in 2013.
  • India has allocated INR 1.15 trillion (US$ 19.1 billion) for food subsidies in its 2014/15 budget to ensure cereals price subsidies to vulnerable population under the National Food Security Act.


Previous publications on Asia Pacific Food Situation

Asia Pacific Food Situation Update

Asia Pacific Food Weekly Price Monitor