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Food Price Monitoring and Analysis (FPMA) Bulletin #5, 11 June 2024

Monthly report on food price trends











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    Wheat export prices increased for a third consecutive month reflecting continued strong demand amidst tightening export availability. Sustained by a mild improvement in trading activities, international rice prices made marginal increases over the multi-year lows touched in August 2021. Despite improved production prospects in some major exporters, maize prices remained elevated. In East Africa, prices of coarse grains remained stable or increased in September and were generally higher than one year earlier, with exceptionally high levels still prevailing in the Sudan and South Sudan. Prices were well above their year‑earlier levels also in Uganda due to reduced availabilities, and in Ethiopia, mainly due to macro-economic difficulties and conflict-related trade disruptions in some areas. In West Africa, prices of coarse grains levelled off or decreased in September in some countries with the arrival of new supplies from the main season harvests. However, prices still lingered well above their year-earlier values across the subregion supported by strong domestic and export demand, high production costs and protracted conflicts.
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    International prices of wheat and maize declined in April 2023 while rice prices increased. Ample supplies, strong export competition and generally favourable crop conditions in the European Union weighed on wheat prices, while ongoing harvests in South America underpinned the decline in maize prices. Rice export quotations reversed most of the declines that they registered in March 2023. Domestic staple food prices were generally sustained at higher year-on-year levels in April 2023, in most of the countries monitored by FAO, attaining record highs in some cases. Conflict and insecurity, adverse weather and currency weaknesses remain key drivers. However, on a month‑on‑month basis, seasonal harvest pressures eased some staple food prices in parts of South America, Southern Africa, East Africa and East Asia, while high levels of wheat stocks continue to support softening wheat and wheat flour prices in CIS (Asia and Europe).
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    International prices of all major cereals eased in June 2024. The decline in global wheat export prices mostly reflected downward pressure from seasonal supplies in the Northern Hemisphere while the fall in maize export prices was underpinned by seasonal increases in the supplies from Southern Hemisphere countries, along with favourable production prospects in the United States of America. International rice prices posted a modest decline in June, largely reflecting generally quiet trading activities. In several countries monitored by FAO, domestic staple food prices persisted at high levels in May and June 2024. Ongoing conflicts and high levels of insecurity disrupted trading activities and supported high prices of cereals in Haiti, Myanmar, South Sudan, the Sudan and some Sahelian countries. In Southern Africa, prices of maize, the main food staple, also remained at elevated levels in countries where widespread and intense drought resulted in well below-average harvests in 2024. Weak national currencies and high transport costs sustained inflationary pressure on domestic food markets and food import costs in several countries.

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