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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 - The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects
  • International - Maize export quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays
  • International - International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies
  • Central America - Heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices, which remained, however, lower year-on-year
  • Eastern Africa - Prices of cereals declined in October with the start of 2017 harvests, but were still generally higher than a year earlier, particularly in Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Western Africa - Prices of coarse grains declined in most countries of the subregion as a result of the 2017 ongoing harvests, which are expected to be good

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

14/11/2017 - 
On 8 November, the Government doubled the import duty on wheat to 20 percent, after reintroducing it in March this year (FPMA Food Policies). The measure aims to curb imports, [...]
06/11/2017 - 
On 24 October, the Ministry of Agriculture of India increased the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for 2018 winter - Rabi - crops, currently being planted and to be harvested from [...]
31/10/2017 - 
In late October, the Government lifted a two-year ban on maize exports, which had been implemented in an effort to stem the impact of tight domestic supplies following the reduced [...]
31/10/2017 - 
On 27 October, the Government announced a cut to the purchasing price of wheat, the first reduction since 2007. The price for the 2018 crop was reduced by 2.5 percent [...]
20/10/2017 - 
On 12 October, the Government announced a sharp reduction in the import duty of soft wheat and its derivatives. The tax will be cut from 135 percent to 30 percent [...]

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