World food prices rose during January and remained near ten-year highs. 

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization vegetable oils pushed prices higher. 

Reuters says the Food Price Index tracks the most globally-traded food commodities. The index averaged 135.7 points in January, up from 134.1 during December. 

Higher food prices are contributing to a wider surge in inflation as global economies try to bounce back from COVID-19. 

The FAO says those higher prices are a risk to the poor populations in countries that have to bring in most of their food. 

The vegetable oils index rose 4.2 percent month-on-month in January to reach a record level. 

The push higher in vegetable oils came from reduced availability of exports and other supply-side constraints like labor shortages and weather challenges. 

In a statement, the FAO’s Markets and Trade Division says, “There is a concern that the impacts of these constraints will not ease quickly.”

(Story Courtesy of NAFB News Service)