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.



Previous publications on Asia Pacific Food Situation

Asia Pacific Food Situation Update

Asia Pacific Food Weekly Price Monitor