Favorable food security conditions projected through December 2011
Food security remains satisfactory over most parts of Southern Africa due to adequate availability of staple foods from this year’s harvests and modest carryover stocks. These favorable conditions are expected to continue throughout the outlook period with most local markets remaining adequately stocked with staple foods as private traders and government agencies continue to move available foods from surplus to deficit areas.
Price trends continue to be largely influenced by the ready availability of foods on local markets. As the marketing season reaches its peak after the May/June harvests, prices continue to follow normal seasonal trends with most of them remaining stable over the July to September period. However, from August, a few reference markets began to reflect moderate price increases, particularly those facing increased demand especially from cross border traders buying maize for export.