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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 wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017 mainly due to weather-related issues
  • South America - Severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March
  • Sudan - The strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs
  • Madagascar - Prices of staple rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and an appreciation of the currency
  • Western Africa - Prices of coarse grains remain overall high despite the good 2017 harvests due to strong demand for stock replenishment, localized production shortfalls and insecurity in some areas

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

18/04/2018 - 
On 6 April, the Government reduced the import tariff on wheat from ZAR 716.3 (USD 59.3) per tonne, in place since mid-December 2017, to ZAR 394.9 (USD 32.7). The 45 [...]
16/04/2018 - 
On 11 April, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trading (MSIT) announced the new procurement prices for the 2018 wheat crop, to be harvested from mid-April. Prices range from USD [...]
02/04/2018 - 
The Ministry of Agriculture approved new prices for the purchasing interventions of the 2018 grain crop. The price of soft food quality wheat Class 1 was set at RUB 10 [...]
27/03/2018 - 
On 20 March, the Pakistani rupee (PKR) depreciated sharply against the US dollar (USD) closing down PKR 5 at PKR 115 per USD 1 in the interbank market, after the [...]
26/03/2018 - 
The state-run Grain Board of Iraq, under the Ministry of Trade, has recently announced the purchasing prices for the 2018 wheat crop. The price is of IQD 560 000 (as [...]

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