Data Watch: FAO Food Price Index for February 2013

At the beginning of each month, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) releases a series of price indices for a variety of food commodities (here). The headline FAO Food Price Index is a composite of five food groupings: meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats and sugar. The base 100 is the indexed averaged price for the 2002-2004 period. The February 2013 index number was released on March 7th. Key points are as follows:

  • The FAO Food Price Index averaged 210.2 for February 2013
  • The index was down 5.4 from 2015.6 for February 2012
  • In inflation adjusted terms, the Food Price Index stood at 139.6 for February 2013 against the 2002-2004 base of 100

The nominal and real price indices have followed a trajectory not dissimilar to the global oil price (click chart for larger image). Here is food:

FAO Food Price Index jpeg

And here is oil:

Spot Oil Prices jpg

Finally, price developments within the five main components of the Food Price Index can be seen below:

FAO Food Price Index Components jpeg

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