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- Maize was 14 percent more expensive in Choma in November than in October
- Bean prices have increased in Mkushi (Central province) and in all districts in Luapula, Muchinga, Southern and Western provinces
- Groundnut prices have risen in all monitored districts
- Maize price trends varied across monitored districts in October but remained higher than the five-year average
- Bean prices stabilised in most monitored districts
- Groundnut prices were generally stable, except in parts of Central, Luapula, Northern and Southern provinces
- Maize prices continued to fall in most districts in September 2016 but they remain higher than the five-year average
- Bean prices are rising, particularly in areas of Muchinga, Central Province, Luapula and Western Province
- Groundnut prices are also increasing, especially in parts of Eastern Province, Central Province, Luapula, Southern Province and Western Province
- Maize prices fell in most districts in August, but prices are still higher than in August 2015 and higher than the national five-year average
- In Katete district, maize was 18 percent more expensive in August than in July
- The fall in bean prices in July was reversed in August: Petauke and Katete in Eastern Province reported the highest prices
- Groundnuts were most expensive in Mpongwe (Copperbelt Province), Kapiri Mposhi (Central Province) and Nakonde (Muchinga Province)
- Maize prices increased in most monitored districts in July, particularly in Mazabuka where prices were 65 percent higher than in June
- Prices for beans and groundnuts fell in July because of greater availability in the markets Beans were most expensive in El Niño-affected Southern, Eastern and Western provinces
- Groundnuts were most expensive in Chiengi and Mwandi districts
Despite surplus production, June 2016 maize prices are higher than same period last year (June 2015) and above the five-year average. This may be attributed to factors including dryness and cross-border trading with neighbouring countries.
Erratic rainfall has reduced beans production and decreased the availability of beans in Southern and Western provinces.
Traders are concerned about unstable legume prices and high transportation costs.
· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today
· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region
This assessment considers the cereals shortfalls expected within the southern Africa region over the coming year as a consequence of the impact of the current El Niño effect. The consequent need for imports by the countries most affected, and the impact of these additional imports on the regional supply chain is examined and some of the issues that may need to be addressed are identified.
Terry Tucker, Douglas Mwasi, David Dolly, Medson Chisi .
Cornell, CRS, consultants .
August 1, 2014 .