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Global food import bill in ’24 set to hit over US $2 trillion: FAO

As cargo volumes seemingly rise in most parts of the Middle East, supplies of most of the world’s major food commodities are expected to be adequate in 2024/25. Extreme weather, rising geopolitical tensions, sudden policy changes and other factors could all potentially tip the delicate global demand-supply balances and impact prices and global food security, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The latest FAO Food Outlook, a biannual publication, offers updated forecasts for the production, trade, utilisation and stocks of major food staples.

On the production side, world outputs of rice and oilseeds are expected to be at record levels, while those of wheat and maize will likely decline modestly.

The Food Outlook provides detailed market assessments for wheat, coarse grains, rice, oilcrops, sugar, meat, dairy products and fisheries.

It also provides FAO’s preliminary estimate for the global food import bill in 2024, forecast to rise by 2.5% to exceed US $2 trillion.

Those projections are driven by relatively favourable macroeconomic conditions, including steady global economic growth, and lower food commodity prices.

The new edition of the FAO report has a special chapter on the dynamic effects of shocks to shipping costs on the food import bill - a topical variable given conflict-derived volatility on the Black Sea and Red Sea routes and due to drought impacts on the Panama Canal.


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