Global food prices hit 31-month high in July: FAO.

Global food prices rose for a third consecutive month in July to hit the highest in 31 months, with hot and dry weather in North America and some other parts contributing to the situation. Average global food prices increased by 2.3 per cent in July against June, primarily driven by a sharp increase in the prices of rice, wheat, sugar, milk and cheese. FAO’s Food Price Index averaged 179.1 points in July, up by 3.9 points or 2.3 per cent from June. The latest rise put the Index nearly 16.6 points (10.2 per cent) above last year’s level and at its highest since January 2015.