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Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Southern Africa, July 2018

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• Volumes of maize grain traded in the month of July increased marginal of seven percent compared to June. Flows from Mozambique to Malawi were highest. Maize grain flows from Zambia to Malawi were significantly higher compared to volumes in previous months. The increase has been attributed to a spike in demand as the Malawian NFRA had begun buying maize from traders and farmers (Table 1).

• In comparison to July 2017, volumes of maize grain traded were 40 percent lower, with notable decreases in outflows from Malawi to Tanzania. Zambia to Malawi maize grain outflows were 39 percent higher in the review month compared to respective 2017 levels, indicating reduced supplies in Malawi.

• Maize meal volumes traded decreased marginally by five percent in July compared to June. Zambia to DRC flows have remained dominant (Table 2). However, compared to respective 2017 levels, volumes were 16 percent lower.

• Volumes of milled rice traded increased by nine percent between June and July with flows from Tanzania to Zambia being the largest (Table 3). July 2018 traded volumes were 12 percent less compared to July 2017 volumes. The largest flows were still those from Tanzania to Zambia; and Zambia to DRC.

• Dry beans volumes traded declined by seven percent in the month of review. Flows from Tanzania to Zambia were highest (Table 4). Compared to respective 2017 levels, volumes of dry beans traded were seven percent lower.