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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 maize remained at elevated levels

Prices of maize showed mixed trends in June, after a general decline in April and May with the new harvest, but remained overall higher on a yearly basis. The high prices mainly reflect the impact of two cyclones that struck central and northern provinces, as well as drought conditions in the southern provinces, which resulted in widespread crop losses. As a result, the 2019 maize output is estimated to have fallen sharply from last year’s above-average level and led to a tighter domestic supply situation. In addition, higher grain prices from South Africa, a key supplier of maize for southern provinces, and a weaker currency, exerted additional upward pressure on prices. Given that the proportion of imports in the country’s total supply is expected to increase this year, as the country seeks to cover the production shortfall, prices of imports are anticipated to exert more influence on domestic prices.

Region: Southern Africa