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

  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending the five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.
  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.
  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.
  • India expects to set a new record for foodgrain production at 264.4 million tonnes, with rice production estimated at 106.3 million tonnes, and wheat at 95.9 million tonnes.
  • With water shortages affecting rice crops, Sri Lanka is providing subsidies to farmers to cultivate other crops.
  • Indonesia is revising its rice subsidies programme to improve targeting and delivery of subsidized rice to over 15 million households.
  • WEF and ASEAN launch Grow Asia Partnership to strengthen food security in ten Southeast Asian countries.

 

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Previous publications on Asia Pacific Food Situation

Asia Pacific Food Situation Update

Asia Pacific Food Weekly Price Monitor