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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 - Export prices of sugar rose further in September and were more than 80 percent higher than a year earlier largely due to unfavourable weather conditions in main producer and exporter Brazil
  • Central America - White maize prices declined sharply in September reflecting improved supplies from the new main season harvest
  • Nigeria - Cereal prices continued their increasing trend in August underpinned by the depreciation of the Naira
  • South Sudan - Food prices declined in September with the new harvest but remained at levels well above those a year earlier
  • Southern Africa - Maize prices remain above year-earlier levels in most countries reflecting the negative impact of the El Niño-induced drought on domestic cereal outputs
  • Far East Asia - Rice prices generally declined or remained stable in September but surged in Bangladesh as a result of tighter domestic supplies
  • Bolivia - Prolonged dry weather affects the agriculture sector and underpins prices of food items, including potatoes and chicken meat
  • International - Rice prices decreased overall on account of improved prospects for global supplies and weak export demand
  • International - Wheat and maize export quotations generally declined in September, remaining at multi-year lows on ample global supplies and expectations of bumper crops.

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

25/10/2016 - 
In mid-October, the Government revoked all maize export permits except for humanitarian purposes. The measure aims to ensure that the country has sufficient domestic supplies to meet national needs and [...]
25/10/2016 - 
The Government announced it will keep the 2017 minimum support price for wheat at CNY 2 360 (USD 349) per tonne, the same level as in the past three years. [...]
25/10/2016 - 
The Government of China halted auctions of maize from state reserves, a normal practice during the harvest, which is currently ongoing. Auctions were suspended last week and will resume after [...]
21/10/2016 - 
In September, the Government reversed its earlier implementation of an import ban on South African maize meal products, which was imposed in May to protect local producers from lower-priced imports. [...]
19/10/2016 - 
The Government implemented a number of measures to prevent rice prices from falling ahead of the main season harvest in November. Apart from temporarily suspending the release of rice from [...]

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