Across the southern African region, maize supplies have improved seasonally with the ongoing harvest, and prices have generally been on a downward trend since March. In most countries, staple food prices are below their 5 year average (5YA) levels.
Yet, in pockets of areas reporting poor harvest, households are expected to deplete their stocks earlier than usual this year and turn to markets for their supply; prices in areas such as southern Malawi, southern Mozambique, and central and southern Zambia could tick upwards sooner than usual.
A look at the Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) shows that in May, a few markets in Zambia were already showing signs of stress. Overall, however, monitored markets in the region indicated normal price levels for maize.