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Countries where prices of one or more basic food commodity are at abnormal high levels in main markets.
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South Africa


Prices of maize on the increase and higher year on year

Prices of maize rose significantly for the second consecutive month in January, mostly driven by the reduced production prospects for the 2019 output following dry weather conditions since the start of the season in October 2018, which has particularly affected western provinces. The recent price increases strengthened the year-on-year gains, with prices of white and yellow maize varieties around 55 percent and 40 percent higher, respectively. The reduced production prospects have instigated the importation of yellow maize, albeit in small quantities, to cover the potential supply shortfalls. Substantial national stocks limited larger increases in prices, as they are expected to partly cushion the impact of the reduced output in 2019. A small appreciation of the local currency also contributed to curb steeper price gains.

Region: Southern Africa