FOOD prices worldwide will remain stubbornly high in 2013, the UN food agency said.
The cost of food fell for the third month in a row in December, but low stocks pose the risk of price increases if crops fail.
A surge in food prices over the summer of 2012 was fuelled by the worst drought in more than half a century in the US.
Dry weather in other major exporters raised fears of a repeat of the 2008 food crisis.
But the Food and Agriculture Organisation's price index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of food, fell for the third month to its lowest level since June.