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Rising food prices in Kenya not enough to incite riots

Despite rising food costs, people in Kenya have not yet resorted to the protests that flared up during the 2007-2008 food crisis, buoying optimism among citizens as well as the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

According to the Financial Times, the FAO typically uses the widespread presence of food riots to define a food crisis and sees the absence of protests as a positive signal, despite the fact that its food price index has recently reached a record high exceeding that of the crisis three years ago.

"The price is going up slowly but surely, but we can still afford it," city worker Godfrey Nganga told the news source.

The FAO's food price index tracks the value of wholesale commodities such as corn, wheat, flour, rice, dairy, sugar and wheat. Of these, rice is currently enjoying a relatively stable position, though the overall value of the index jumped to 214.7 points last month, compared to 213.5 in June 2008, according to the FAO.
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