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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 were generally higher in April due to weather concerns in key producing countries and brisk trade
  • International - Export prices of rice increase in response to renewed import demand in Asia
  • Argentina - Prices of yellow maize and wheat continue to increase underpinned by strong demand and forecasts of lower crops this year
  • Brazil - Prices of maize rising sharply due to large exports and expectations of a decline in the 2018 harvests; those of wheat higher due to tighter supplies
  • Central America - Prices of white maize increased sharply in March and April due to higher purchasing prices from the milling industry, trends in the international market and increased fuel costs
  • Sudan - Prices of staple foods remained firm or increased and were at record or near-record highs, due to a weak currency, the removal of wheat subsidies and increased transport costs

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

25/05/2018 - 
The Government increased the import duty on wheat from 20 percent to 30 percent on 24 May, which follows a 10-percentage-point rise in November last year (FPMA Food Policies). The [...]
15/05/2018 - 
Expecting a solid cereal harvest, the Government recently approved the restoration of the common wheat import duty at 135 percent from the previous level of 30 percent, effective until 31 [...]
15/05/2018 - 
The Government of Brazil announced in late April the sale of 1 million tonnes of maize from its state reserves through auctions. The measure aims to support livestock producers, amidst [...]
15/05/2018 - 
In early April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply approved the new minimum prices of all wheat types and wheat seeds for the 2018/19 season. The reference price of [...]
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 [...]

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