FAO statistics focuses on the collection, processing, compilation and dissemination of economic data as one of its core functions. Country information is collected on economic data through questionnaires and other reporting processes. Economic data disseminated covers related subject areas, among them producer price data, value of agriculture production, agricultural GDP, and various elements of investment related to: capital stock, external assistance to agriculture, and government expenditure on agriculture and rural development.
International food price volatility by food group (1990−2010)
There is a growing consensus that the global food system is becoming more vulnerable to episodes of high prices and volatility. The FAOSTAT price domain serves various uses including assessment of markets and price transmission mechanisms between them, measuring margins of various actors in a commodity chain, and evaluating the contribution of various sectors to the economy. The price domain integrates a variety of price statistics and indicators for different levels of the food and agriculture prices to be made accessible to users worldwide.