Southern Africa Monthly Food Price Update - February 2017
Maize prices continued to increase in January in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely to be due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices will remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. Malawi and Mozambique have the highest number of Maize markets in ALPS Crisis at 71 percent and 100 percent respectively.
Trend analysis of maize prices from 2011 to 2016 shows that real and nominal price of white maize in South Africa has dropped below the five-year average prices. If the downward trend continues in South Africa, the expectation is that this price decline will spill over to Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland (BNLS) that rely heavily on South Africa’s export.