Global Price Watch: September 2012 Prices (October 31, 2012)
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. The Price Watch provides an update on trends in selected urban centers. Prices for key markets and commodities monitored are made available in the Price Watch Annex.
In East Africa, staple food price trends were mixed in September. Food prices declined or were stable in most markets due to ongoing harvests. Price increases were observed in Somalia and Tanzania due to declining cereals supplies coupled with strong demand. Prices increased in Rwanda with the progression of the lean season.
In Southern Africa, the effects of localized production shortfalls and rising fuel costs have put upward pressure on staple food market prices in some areas as the lean season approaches.
In West Africa, staple food prices in the region’s main production zones decreased seasonally in September while prices remained stable in the region’s urban centers.
In Central America, staple food prices were stable or decreased seasonally in September. Prices in Haiti increased as a result of the poor primavera harvest, crop damages caused by tropical storm Isaac, and the depreciation of the Gourde.
In Afghanistan and Tajikistan wheat grain and wheat flour prices increased seasonally in most markets.