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This web site contains latest information and analysis on domestic prices of basic foods mainly in developing countries, complementing FAO analysis on international markets. It provides early warning on high food prices at country level  that may negatively affect food security. All data used in the analysis can be found in the FPMA Tool.

  • International - Rice prices strengthened in January on account of strong demand and tighter availabilities of basmati variety
  • International - Maize prices firmed mostly as a result of strong demand
  • International - Wheat prices generally increased in January due to a drop in US plantings and concerns over unfavourable weather in the United States and EU
  • South America - Yellow maize prices in January were generally above year-earlier levels reflecting reduced 2016 harvests and strong demand
  • Sri Lanka - Rice prices continued to increase sharply in January and reached record highs due to a reduced 2016 secondary harvest and unfavourable prospects for the new 2017 crop
  • Nigeria - The weak local currency and civil insecurity keep cereal prices at high levels despite an above-average harvest
  • Southern Africa - Maize prices still high but the favourable production outlook for the 2017 crop led to some declines in January
  • Eastern Africa - Cereal prices surged in January in most countries due to drought-reduced harvests, while livestock prices sharply decreased in most pastoral areas as body conditions deteriorated

Domestic Price Warnings

Countries where prices of one or more basic food commodity are at abnormal high levels in main markets (identified by the Indicator of Price Anomalies), which could negatively impact access to food at national level

Price warning level:  High   Moderate  [Based on GIEWS analysis]

Food Policy and Market Developments

16/02/2017 - 
On 15 February, the Government set the Rabi wheat crop procurement target for the 2017/18 marketing year (April/March) at 33 million tonnes. This volume is more than 40 percent higher [...]
09/02/2017 - 
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) recently announced the new maximum retail prices (MRP) for three varieties of rice, both domestically produced and imported. The price of Nadu rice has been [...]
30/01/2017 - 
The Government decided on January 27 to further reduce the existing tax on imported rice with immediate effect. The levy was already reduced earlier in January to LKR 15 (USD [...]
30/01/2017 - 
The Government temporarily reduced tariffs on imports of basic food commodities to limit price increases ahead of the new Iranian year starting on 21 March. Tariffs on imports of white [...]
18/01/2017 - 
The Ministry of Industry and Trade repealed rice export conditions set in 2013 under Decision 6139/QD-BCT on the planning of rice exporters. The maximum rice export licence limited to 150 [...]

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