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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.

  • Ecuador - Prices of yellow maize continued to increase in March and reached record highs with seasonal trends exacerbated by uncertain prospects for the 2017 main season crop
  • Mexico - Prices of staple maize tortillas strengthened further in March underpinned by increased production costs
  • Sri Lanka - Rice prices declined in March but were still higher than a year earlier due to a reduced 2016 secondary season harvest and unfavourable prospects for the new 2017 main crop
  • Southern Africa - Expectations of a strong maize production rebound in 2017 contributed to push down prices in most countries, particularly in South Africa
  • South Sudan - A decline in fuel and transport costs in March limited the upward pressure on food prices from currency weakness and widespread insecurity
  • Eastern Africa - Cereal prices continued to increase in March and reached record or near-record highs due to overall tight supplies and uncertain prospects for the 2017 main harvests
  • International - The benchmark US wheat price declined in March mainly reflecting improved weather conditions in key growing areas
  • International - Maize export prices generally decreased under pressure from favourable production prospects in Southern Hemisphere countries
  • International - Export prices of rice remained relatively stable and were below their year-earlier levels in several leading origins

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

20/04/2017 - 
The Government announced it will buy up to 1 million tonnes of maize produced in the key growing State of Mato Grosso, through an auction of option contracts, which give [...]
19/04/2017 - 
The Government plans to procure 800 000 tonnes of rice and 700 000 tonnes of paddy from the ongoing Boro crop (November-May) at BDT 34 (USD 0.41) per kg and [...]
13/04/2017 - 
On 1 April, the Government reduced the import tax on wheat flour from 11 percent to 5 percent. Import duties were already revised downwards in 2014 from 15 percent, a [...]
03/04/2017 - 
On 31 March, the Government announced the reduction of the wheat import tariff by 25 percent to ZAR 1190.19 (USD 91.59) per tonne. Tariff adjustments are implemented when the benchmark [...]
31/03/2017 - 
The Government removed import duties on maize and exempted bread and maize flour from value added tax for the next four months. Maize imports from countries that are not members [...]

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