Global food prices rose slightly in September, as firmer prices of vegetable oils and to a lesser extent dairy products offset declining prices for staple cereal grains. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 178.4 points for the month of September, up 0.8% from August and marking a 4.3% increase from a year earlier.
An Argentine average household made up of a couple with two children 6 and 8 years old needs 12.489 Pesos (approx US$ 820) to remain above the poverty line according to the stats office, Indec estimate for the month of August. The same household will have to pay 5.176 Pesos (approx US$ 340) for the Basic food basket, not to drop to indigence.
An average Argentine family during the month of April needed 4.779 Pesos (approx. 600 dollars) not to be included in the poverty category, which represents an increase of 1.6% over March, of 20% in the first four months of the year and 40.5% in the last twelve months, according to the latest report from the Latin American Economic Research Foundation, FIEL.
The Basic Foods Basket, CBA, an index from Argentina’s Foundation for Latin American Economic Research (FIEL) increased 0.6% in July compared to the previous month, 21% in the first seven months of the year, and 35.9% over a year ago.