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GIEWS FPMA Bulletin #6, 10 July 2019

Monthly Report on Food Price Trends










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    International grain prices declined significantly in July, with those of wheat weighed down by seasonal harvest pressure and maize quotations falling on account of generally favourable weather for developing crops. Prices of rice showed mixed trends in Asian origins, while they increased in main exporting countries of South America. In Africa, food prices soared in July in South Sudan driven by the recent upsurge in insecurity. In Nigeria, the weak local currency continued to exert upward press ure on cereal prices, while in Malawi maize prices rose steeply for the second consecutive month mainly as a result of the sharply drought-reduced 2016 harvest. In South America, the increasing trend in yellow maize prices of the past several months halted under downward pressure from the ongoing 2016 harvests in the main maize producing countries, Argentina and Brazil, although prices remain at high levels. Elsewhere in the subregion, prices generally increased as a result of the reduced maize harvests expected this year.
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    International prices of wheat and maize fell in June despite generally worsening production prospects. By contrast, in rice markets, higher quotations of Japonica and fragrant rice outweighed declines in Indica rice prices. In East Africa, prices of grains in the Sudan remained at record highs in June due to concerns that 2018 plantings would be reduced by shortages and high prices of fuel and inputs, as well as a sharp depreciation of the local currency and the removal of subsidies. Similarly, a continuing currency depreciation, coupled with tight supplies and insecurity, contributed to keeping food prices at exceptionally high levels in South Sudan. In Central America, prices of white maize continued to increase seasonally in June, particularly in Nicaragua, where the ongoing social unrest contributed to push them to near-record highs. In South America, prices of yellow maize remained stable and well above their year-earlier levels in Argentina and Brazil, despite the ongoing 2018 maize harvests, mainly due to expectations of reduced outputs. Price of wheat continued to increase due to seasonally tight supplies and weakening currencies stimulating exports.
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    International prices of wheat and maize rose further in May, mainly underpinned by weather-driven concerns over production prospects in key producing countries. International prices of rice remained firm, with upward pressure from sizeable purchases by Southeast Asian buyers largely offset by weaker currencies in key exporting countries. In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of staple foods: millet, sorghum and wheat increased sharply in May, after faltering in the past two months and reached record highs. The recent increases reflect concerns over the performance of the 2018 harvest, which compounded upward pressure from a weak currency and the removal of wheat subsidies. In South America, prices of yellow maize and wheat continued to increase in key producers and exporters, Argentina and Brazil, reaching levels well above those in May last year and exerting upward pressure on prices in importing countries of the subregion. Prices of maize were mainly underpinned by sliding currencies and expectations of reduced outputs this year, while those of wheat were supported by seasonal pressure compounded mostly by the weaker currencies. In Central America, in Nicaragua, prices of white maize continued to increase sharply in May, with seasonal upward pressure exacerbated by higher fuel costs and ongoing social unrest. In general, prices of maize in the subregion were at levels well above those in May last year.

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