UNITED NATIONS， Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday that the prices of staple food prices rose in August， up nearly 7 percent from the same period of last year， a UN spokesman said here.
The FAO Food Price Index said that the jump came even as grain prices fell and global cereal production is expected to increase， UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said a daily news briefing here.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 165.6 points in August， up 1.9 percent from July and almost 7 percent from a year earlier. The monthly jump was mostly driven by cheese and palm oil quotations， while those for wheat， maize and rice all fell.
FAO raised considerably its world cereal production forecast for 2016 to 2 566 million tonnes， up 22 million tonnes from July projections. FAO's Cereal Supply and Demand Brief， also released on Thursday， attributed the increase primarily to anticipation of a record global wheat harvest this year and a large upward revision to this year's maize crop in the United States of America.
The expected increase in grain output is forecast to boost inventories and push up the global stock-to-use ratio to 25.3 percent， an "even more comfortable (supply and demand) situation than predicted at the start of the season，" FAO said.
The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities.
KAMPALA nike air presto purple uk , Dec. 23(Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed two Ugandans to be part of the technical team of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
""We are happy to announce that two of our officials will be part of the tournament to take place in Rwanda. This is a sign that we are doing well and getting more people exposed at international level,"" Ahmed Hussein, the Uganda FA spokesman said on Wednesday.
Mark Sonko will officiate as an assistant referee, while Edgar Suubi Watson will be part of the technical study group.
""I am happy that I will once again officiate in this event after handling the one in South Africa last year nike air presto red uk ,"" Sonko said. The Ugandan also officiated at the CAF U-20 Championship that ended in Senegal this month.
Other match officials include Rwanda's referee Hudu Munyemana and assistant referee Theogene Ndagijimana.
Watson, who is also the chief executive officer of the Uganda FA and former skipper of the national team, will sit on the CAF technical study group for the CHAN tournament together with CAF's Abdel Moneim Hussein and Feyrouz Eitelt, Yusuf Ahmed (Nigeria) and Ibrahima Sory Conte (Guinea).
The 2016 CHAN tournament will take place January 16 to February 7th in Rwanda. Sixteen nations including Cecafa teams Uganda and Ethiopia also qualified for the event. Defending champions Libya and last year's runners-up Ghana will miss the event after failing to make it through the qualifiers.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that the United States will not recognize Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) tasked to amend the Constitution.
"We are evaluating all our policy options (as) to what we can do to create a change of conditions, where either (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro decides he does not have a future and wants to leave on his own accord nike air presto essential uk , or we can return the government processes back to the constitution," the department said in a statement.
The United States on Monday slapped economic sanctions on Maduro, just one day after Venezuela held elections