‘Day by day’: Trade bans, inflation send food prices soaring

  • A worker rearranges fruits on display for sale at a shop in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 15. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • People shop at a busy popular market in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 15, 2022. In Lebanon, where endemic corruption and political stalemate has crippled the economy, the World Food Program is increasingly providing people with cash assistance to purchase food, particularly after the devastating 2020 port blast that destroyed massive grain silos. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • People shop at a supermarket in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 15, 2022. In Lebanon, where endemic corruption and political stalemate has crippled the economy, the World Food Program is increasingly providing people with cash assistance to purchase food, particularly after the devastating 2020 port blast that destroyed massive grain silos. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • People shop at a busy popular market in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 15, 2022. In Lebanon, where endemic corruption and political stalemate has crippled the economy, the World Food Program is increasingly providing people with cash assistance to purchase food, particularly after the devastating 2020 port blast that destroyed massive grain silos. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • Somalis who fled drought-stricken areas carry their belongings as they arrive at a makeshift camp for the displaced on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 30. Food prices accounted for about 60% of last year’s increase in headline inflation in the Middle East and North Africa, with the exception of oil-producing Gulf countries. In Somalia, where 2.7 million people cannot meet their daily food requirements and where children are dying of famine, sugar is a source of energy and fuel. In May, 2.2 pounds of sugar cost around the equivalent of 72 cents in the capital, Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Soki Wu’s food stall, tucked in a food court in a shopping mall in Singapore, is a crowd favorite for its fresh, juicy “chicken rice,” a national dish. But customers recently began complaining that his chicken didn’t taste quite as good as it used to.