Global food price monitor
global information and early warning system on food and agriculture
11 November 2013
INTERNATIONAL CEREAL PRICES
WESTERN AFRICA: Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Chad, Benin
SOUTHERN AFRICA: South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar
EASTERN AFRICA: Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Sudan, South Sudan
FAR EAST ASIA: Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan
CIS - Asia and Europe: The Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, Chile
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In Western Africa, coarse grains prices decreased or remained stable with the start of the new harvest in the Sahel and good crops from the 2013 ﬁrst season gathered in coastal countries
In Southern Africa, maize prices continued to increase in October, although at a slower pace than in previous months
. However, prices persisted at levels well above those of a year earlier and reached new record highs in some markets.
In Eastern Africa, prices of cereals continued to seasonally increase in October in most markets as signiﬁcant supplies from the ongoing 2013 harvests have not yet reached the markets
. Prices were at record or near-record levels in several markets.
In Asia, domestic rice prices remained generally stable in October, or eased somewhat with the beginning of the 2013 main season harvests
. However, in some exporting countries prices strengthened on concerns about ﬂood damage. Wheat and wheat ﬂour prices remained ﬁrm at high levels.
In CIS importing countries, prices of wheat ﬂour stayed generally unchanged in October but in several countries were still close to their peaks of a year earlier reﬂecting increased fuel and transport costs
, coupled with relatively high export prices in the subregion.
In Central America, maize prices declined considerably in October as the bulk of the good 2013 main season maize crops reached the market
. Bean prices seasonally strengthened but remained at low levels.
In South America, wheat ﬂour prices remained around their record high levels of the previous months in several countries and surged in Argentina as a result of last year’s sharply reduced production and uncertain prospects for the 2013 crops being harvested
. By contrast, maize prices were at generally low levels following a bumper regional harvest.
Export prices of wheat increased markedly in October due to strong demand and uncertain crop prospects in some exporting countries. By contrast, maize prices continued to fall mainly reﬂecting the record harvest in the United States. Rice prices followed mixed trends according to origins.
In Argentina, wheat ﬂour prices almost doubled in October from the previous month due to tight supplies combined with the uncertain outlook for the 2013 crop. However, prices of wheat grain have recently declined with the start of the new harvest.
In Southern and Eastern Africa, coarse grain prices were at generally high levels mostly as a result of reduced 2013 crops, already gathered, or unsatisfactory outlook for the ongoing harvests in some countries.