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03 May 2018 description

Summary Points

  • In Eastern Africa, staple commodity prices generally followed seasonal trends in Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia, but atypical price trends were observed in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Tanzania (FEWS NET Price Watch, March 2018). Prices are expected to follow seasonal trends through June 2018, remaining below last year and five year USD prices due to a combination of currency depreciation, better production than 2017, and regional imports.

24 Mar 2018 description

Summary Points
- White maize grain was as usual, the most regionally traded commodity between October and December 2017 because of increasing supply from the previous June-to-July, and ongoing November-to-January harvests (see Figure 1). Recurrent conflict-related trade disruptions from southern to northern markets in South Sudan encouraged alternative imports from Sudan in the north.

18 Oct 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain as usual was the most traded commodity in the region followed by dry beans, rice and then sorghum. See Figure 1.

  • Staple commodity prices especially for maize are expected to remain above last year and five year average prices despite near average harvest in the region with spatial pockets of deficit within and between countries because carryover stocks are low, tightening supplies available for trade.

27 Jul 2017 description

Summary Points
- Tanzania’s ban on maize grain exports to assure the country’s food security and to encourage value addition through exports of flour, would likely move regional cross-border trade to informal channels because of porous borders, and increase the maize export prices because of additional of costs of circumventing the ban.

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

31 Jan 2017 description


  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the fourth quarter of 2016 but its share of total trade decreased slightly from 35 percent in the third quarter to 31 percent in the fourth quarter because of average production and supplies in Kenya, Tanzania,
    Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

30 Jun 2016 description


  • Maize grain remained the most traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the second quarter of 2016 since it is consumed by a large percentage of the population. However, the quality of maize available in the region is of poor quality resulting in significant rejection rates by millers.

  • Locally produced rice mostly from Tanzania was the second major crop traded in the region but is still grappling with issues of origin since some of it is mixed with Asian attracting the full East Africa common external tariff.

31 Dec 2015 description


  • Maize grain, was the single most traded commodity in the East Africa region in 2015 as depicted in Figure 1. There were also significant informal cross-border trade of dry beans, cooking bananas, locally produced rice, sorghum, sesame; imported sugar, wheat and flour.

  • Most of the primary staple food commodities were informally traded while a majority of the processed food commodities were formally traded in the region in 2015.

26 Aug 2013 description


  • Good food security outcomes across the region which are expected to improve with the start of harvest across much of the region.

  • Nutrition conditions stable but with high levels of acute and chronic malnutrition.

  • Prices of staple grains in the region are either stable or declining.

  • June to September rains expected to be average to below average for most of the region

30 Jun 2013 description


  • Current conditions continue to improve when compared to long-term trends

  • Much of the region is expecting near normal harvests coming months

  • Food prices, whilst higher than long-term trends, continue to be stable

  • Recent analyses in DRC, Djibouti and Burundi illustrate the impact of chronic and extreme poverty on food security status in these countries

  • CAR food security and nutrition situation requires focused attention

31 May 2013 description


  • 4 consecutive, good rain seasons (from late 2011) have improved acute food insecurity conditions across the region

  • Pasture conditions are generally good and there are expectations of normal crop harvests

  • Food prices in key markets are stable

  • Population movement is generally stable

15 Feb 2013 description


While seasonal and generally good food security conditions reflect improvement in communities in the horn of Africa, we must bear in mind that good is a relative term. Beneath these relatively good conditions exists extreme levels of chronic food insecurity. As learned from Somalia in 2011, these conditions are potentially deadly.

27 Feb 2012 description

The Market Analysis Sub-group of the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) monitors cross-border trade of 88 food commodities and livestock in 26 cross-border markets in eastern Africa in order to quantify the contribution of formal and informal cross-border trade to food security in the region.

This issue provides an overview of cross-border trade across all the 26 monitored markets between October and December 20111.


27 Oct 2011 description


  • Tanzania and Ethiopia were the main sources of staple food commodities traded in the region despite the existence of export bans imposed on cross-border trade of staple foods (maize, sorghum and beans) by the respective governments.

29 Apr 2011 description

Persistent drought continues to cause food insecurity in most parts of the region

The ongoing drought in the eastern part of the region, mainly due to the effect of La Niña phenomenon during last season , continues to cause notable levels of food insecurity.

01 Mar 2011 description

Food insecurity persists in most parts of the region as critical areas worsen

The overall regional food security conditions remain alarming, especially in areas of the eastern part of the region most affected by the La Niña phenomenon. The effects of the extremely poor October to December short rains have severely and negatively impacted on crop and livestock production, deepening food insecurity in pastoral and marginal cropping areas.

In Somalia, rain failure has caused a severe water crisis in most parts of the country with the exception of the north-western regions.

23 Sep 2010 description

Special focus on nutrition

Acute malnutrition remains high but access to treatment keeps increasing

67 nutrition surveys have been conducted, between January and July 2010, in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia. Overall, the nutritional situation has seen little change in the region, except in Northern parts of Somalia where a significant improvement has been noticed: Kenya: Most of the 14 surveys conducted in Kenya took place in the ASAL areas, where malnutrition remained at high levels: rates of severe acute malnutrition ( S AM ) often reached 4% and more, while global acute …