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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 - International prices of wheat fell in February on a weaker pace in exports, prices of maize increased
  • International - Export prices of rice steady with a decline in Indica prices offsetting increases in those of Japonica varieties.
  • Zimbabwe - Prices of food at elevated levels in January due to the effects of economic shocks including raising production costs and causing supply shortages
  • Southern Africa - Seasonal price increases of maize amplified by the reduced 2018 outputs and uncertain 2019 production prospects in several countries
  • Eastern Africa - In the Sudan and South Sudan, currency depreciation and high production costs keep prices under upward pressure and at high levels
  • Argentina - Prices of wheat and maize down in February but still well above year-earlier levels after substantial increases on strong demand for exports

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

20/03/2019 - 
The government recently announced an agreement with the Government of the United States of America to implement a duty-free tariff quota (TRQ) for wheat. The agreement allows for the importation [...]
14/03/2019 - 
On 12 March, the government approved new minimum guarantee prices for all wheat grain varieties and wheat seeds for the 2019/20 (July/June) agricultural season. Prices were adjusted to reflect higher [...]
11/03/2019 - 
On 28 February, changes to the 2012 Ley de Concertación Tributaria (tax concertation law) came into effect, in an effort to increase domestic revenue mobilization. With the new tax reform, [...]
01/03/2019 - 
On 20 February, the Government of Zimbabwe introduced a new currency, known as the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) dollar, which merges the surrogate bond note and electronic dollars; local [...]
22/02/2019 - 
The Ministry of Economy and Finance recently announced the temporary suspension of the Value Added Tax on imported rice. Rice is a staple food in the country and over 80 [...]

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