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South Sudan

10/07/2019

Prices of food remain high

In the capital, Juba, prices of maize and sorghum weakened in June, while prices of imported wheat flour increased after a further depreciation of the country’s currency. Prices of cassava and groundnuts also rose in June. Food prices were generally down from a year earlier but still exceptionally high, more than ten times above their levels in July 2015, before they started surging. The high level of prices is the result of widespread insecurity hindering marketing and agricultural activities, high production and transport costs and a significantly weak local currency. Tight supplies are also a key driver of high food prices, with the 2018 aggregate cereal production estimated at about 745 000 tonnes, the smallest output since the start of the conflict in 2013 (GIEWS Special Report). After a delay in planting of the 2019 first season crops, due to the late onset of rains, adequate precipitation in May and June benefited crop germination and vegetation conditions in the southern key growing areas. However, planted area remains well below the pre-conflict levels due to insecurity constraining access to fields.

Region: Eastern Africa