The World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to announce this week that it will soon start a global price tracking service for canned fruit.
In a report released today, WHO researchers predict that, “by 2020, consumers should have access to a complete, accurate, and up-to-date list of canned fruit prices across the globe.”
The WHO is working to build a global food price index to be able to track the prices of fresh and canned fruits in order to help governments make informed decisions about food security, according to WHO researchers.
“By the year 2020, the world is expected for consumers to have access for the first time to a comprehensive, up-front list of the price of all fresh fruits and vegetables,” the researchers wrote in their report.
“This index will help consumers to understand and manage the risks of food insecurity and food waste.”
Canned fruit is a food with an added layer of risk.
It’s a food made from fruit that has been processed, packed, and packaged, and it’s typically consumed by people in developing countries.
According to the WHO, there’s a lot of uncertainty around how much fresh fruit can be purchased at any given time, and the cost of canned fruits is generally much higher than fresh fruit.
In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that the cost for canned fruits worldwide was over $200 per kilogram (about $2.50 per pound), while the cost to grow and process fresh fruit was over about $1 per pound.
According for a 2016 study by the University of Arizona, the average price of fresh fruit in the United States was about $2 per kilo, while the average cost to produce fresh fruit overseas was around $1.75 per kilos.
While the WHO estimates that the average annual cost for fresh fruit for consumers in developing nations is around $200, the price tag of the average canned fruit was just $5.25 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
In the United Kingdom, the cost per kilomug (kC) was $4.70, while in the Netherlands it was $2 a kilowatthour (kW).
In countries like Nigeria, Brazil, and India, the costs of buying canned fruit are much lower.
According the FAO, the annual cost of purchasing fresh fruits was about 0.4 per cent of the cost in Nigeria, about 0,25 per cent in Brazil, 0,35 per cent.
In countries where prices are higher, like Nigeria and Indonesia, the amount of time consumers spend buying fresh fruits has also been estimated to be higher than in developing markets.
For example, the WHO researchers noted that the price for a kilogram of fresh mango in Nigeria was around 6.6 times that of a kilo of fresh, and that the prices for bananas were about 16.2 times that for bananas in Nigeria.
The WHO researchers estimate that by 2020, most consumers will be able see the full price of a lot more canned fruit than they can currently see the price in a lot less than five years.