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FAO predicts world food import bill to fall to five-year low

"The world food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015", the report says, mainly driven by a decline in international prices, low freight rates and a strong US dollar.

Monday 11 May 2015 (3 years 5 months 8 days ago)
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International prices for agricultural commodities continued to decline in April and abundant inventories are poised to offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year.

Worldwide cereal production will likely decline by 1.5 percent from last year's record-breaking output, mainly due to reduced acreage planted with maize , but the impact will be cushioned by "exceptionally high" levels of existing stocks, according to the latest forecasts in FAO's biannual Food Outlook report published.

FAO's first forecast for global cereal production in 2015, assuming normal weather conditions for the remainder of the season, amounts to 2.509 billion tonnes, a bit down from last year's record but nearly 5 percent above the average of the past five years.

The modest decline in output would require running inventories down by around 3 percent in the new season (2015/16), with faster drawdowns for coarse grains and rice than for wheat.

"The world food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015", the report says, mainly driven by a decline in international prices, low freight rates and a strong US dollar. Import volumes of the various food components of the bill were little changed or even rising. Low income countries are also expected to benefit from lower import bills.

Thursday May 7, 2015/ FAO.
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