Global food prices jumped 10% in July from the month before, driven up by the severe Midwest drought which has pushed the price of grains to record levels, the World Bank reported Thursday.
The price of maize and wheat rose by 25% from June to July, and soybeans rose by 17%, according to the Washington-based organization.
Overall, the World Bank's Food Price Index, which tracks the price of traded food commodities, was 6% higher than July of last year.
The sharp price jumps are attributed to the Midwest drought, which has destroyed more than half of the country's corn crop. The drought, the worst in decades, has pushed the price of corn to record prices. Corn futures have jumped about 60% since the drought started in late June. They are now trading above $8 a bushel.