Informal cross border food trade in Southern Africa, Nov 2006
Overall summary of trade flows
The combined volume of informal trade in maize, rice and beans captured among the six countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the DRC declined slightly in November to 10,190 MT from 10,273 MT in October, representing an 0.8% drop. Compared with same period last year the overall trade in the three commodities is down by 16 percent. With only four months to go before the end of the marketing year, approximately 88,000 MT of trade in maize, rice and beans has been captured among the six countries. This amount is 28% below the volume captured over the same time period last year. As has been pointed out in previous reports, the lower volumes traded this year are attributed to above average harvests in Malawi and Zambia. On commodity by commodity basis (See Figures 1 and 2), trade in maize and rice continued on their slight upsurges that commenced in September. The volume of maize trade in November was close to 8,600 MT, which was 15% higher than the previous month. The volume of rice traded in November (500 MT) was 11% below its October levels. On the other hand, trade in beans (1,046 MT in November) declined by 55% between October and November 2006.
Figure 1: Recorded Informal Cross Border Maize Trade in DRC, Malawi,Mozambique, South Africa Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Figure 2: Recorded Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Rice & Beans DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe