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 September 2014 issue, the AP Food Price and Policy Monitor identified following highlights:
- Food price inflation in the region slowed to 3.8 percent in August from 4.4 percent in July. General inflation eased to 5.1 percent compared to 5.5 percent.
- Following the fifth consecutive monthly decrease om the FAO Global Food price index, wheat prices fell 4.5 percent, maize fell 4 percent while rice prices rose by 4.3 percent in August.
- The price of eggs rose 16 percent in Pakistan and 9.9 percent in Thailand in August as a result of higher seasonal demand in the autumn.
- Cambodia has established its first large-scale paddy rice bank to ensure supplies are available during periods of unpredictable weather.
- Myanmar announced a new national export strategy for 2014-2019 with a goal of exporting 3 million tonnes of rice over the next five years.
- Thailand has resumed sales of its government rice stocks. This includes new government-to-government export deals with Indonesia and China.