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Domestic Price Warnings

Countries where prices of one or more basic food commodity are at abnormal high levels in main markets.
Price warning level:  High   Moderate [Based on the Indicator of Price Anomalies (IPA)]




Prices of staple foods at record or near record levels

Prices of locally grown sorghum and millet increased seasonally or remained stable in June, while prices of wheat, mostly imported, followed mixed trends. Overall, prices of grains in June were at record or near record levels despite an above-average 2018 harvest, which is estimated at 8.2 million tonnes, 57 percent up from 2017 and 47 percent above the average of the previous five years (GIEWS Special Report). The exceptionally high level of prices is the result of the significant depreciation of the country’s currency, social unrest, fuel shortages and soaring prices of agricultural inputs, which inflated production and transportation costs. In addition, in spite of the good output last year, market availability is low, with traders reported to hoard their agricultural produce, regarded as a more reliable form of savings compared to the fast weakening currency. The early stages of the 2019 June-September rainy season were characterized by an early onset of seasonal rains already in the second half of May and by above-average precipitation in June. However, planted area and yields of 2019/20 crops are likely to be affected for the second consecutive year by the low availability and high prices of agricultural inputs.

Region: Eastern Africa