"World food prices have risen for the third straight month, driven by the increasing cost of global dietary staples oils, fats and cereals prices, according to the United Nations (UN) Food Price Index.
"The price index figure continues to edge towards its all-time high, as soaring fuel prices and low food supplies boost food price inflation.
"Among the various commodity groups, only oils prices showed strength, compensating for falling dairy quotations, while the indices of cereals, sugar and meat prices were largely unchanged from last month's level," said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which compiles the monthly index.
"March's index figure for overall food prices is 215.9, up nearly one point on the previous month. The index peaked at 237.9 in February 2011, triggering violence and political unrest in parts of North Africa and the Middle East..."