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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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Prices of food staples levelling off or declining in January but still at near-record levels

Prices of locally-grown sorghum and millet levelled off or declined slightly in January after the sharp increases in late 2018 due to a further sharp devaluation of the local currency. Similarly, prices of wheat grain, mostly imported and mainly consumed in urban areas, declined slightly in January in the capital, Khartoum, from the record levels reached in December. Overall, prices of cereals in January were at record or near record levels and two to three times higher than a year earlier, driven by the significant depreciation of the local currency. Soaring prices of fuel and of agricultural inputs inflated transport and production costs, exerting further upward pressure on food prices. This is in spite of the good outcome of the 2018 cropping season. According to the preliminary findings of the 2018 Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission, led by the Government with the technical support of FAO, the 2018 aggregate cereal production is estimated at 8.2 million tonnes, 57 percent up from 2017 and 47 percent above the average of the previous five years. The bumper harvest is the result of favourable rains benefiting crop yields and of increased plantings, especially of millet in the Darfur area, following an improvement in the security situation.

Region: Eastern Africa