Global food trade is poised for a resilient year ahead even as international food commodity prices are set to remain high amid supply and demand uncertainties, according to a new report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The study notes that trade flows continued to reach new highs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, on a global level, trade in agricultural products – particularly less-perishable foods – performed more robustly than the broader merchandise sectors.

That has contributed to drive FAO’s provisional forecast for the world food import bill in 2021 to $1.72trn, a 12% increase from its previous high of $1.53trn in 2020. 

However, rising prices raise concerns that higher outlays may still mask deteriorating quantitative and qualitative dietary trends in vulnerable countries.

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