ROME Oct 6 World food prices rose in September
to their highest since March 2015, led mainly by sugar, the
United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) food price
index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals,
oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 170.9 points
in September, 2.9 percent above the month before.
The index was almost about 10 percent above September last
FAO's forecast for world cereal production in the 2016-17
season rose slightly to 2.569 billion tonnes, 3 million tonnes
higher than the previous forecast.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer)