Food commodity prices fall, food insecurity increases

Major food commodity prices fell in November, reversing about half their rise in the previous month.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the cost of internationally-traded staples such as meat and grain fell across the board last month. The cost of sugar was the only exception.

Food insecurity around the world, however, has continued to worsen. Some 33 countries, including 26 in Africa, are in need of external assistance for food due to droughts and flooding.

Food insecurity has also worsened due to conflict in several countries, notably in Syria and Yemen.


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