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Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Southern Africa
Issue 56: November/December 2009
November 2009 - December 2009

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) as the source of this document

Issue 56 of the report on informal cross border food trade among selected countries in Southern Africa, covers observed monthly trends, as well as cumulative (April - December 2009) informal trade flows in maize, rice and beans at selected border points in the DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  A brief analysis of informal trade flow trends since monitoring began in 2004/05 and some key food security implications of the trends for the current 2009/10 season are also provided.

  • Total volume of recorded informal trade in maize, rice and beans for October, November and December 2009, amounted to 16,456 MT, 19, 614 MT and 11,148 MT respectively. These traded volumes were well above those observed at the same time last year; an indication of improved regional availability of the main staple commodities.
  • Commodity trade flow direction remained unchanged with Mozambique and Zambia being the major source countries while Zimbabwe, Malawi, and DRC remained the major destination countries.
  • The December 2009 nominal maize grain prices were generally lower than at the same time last year at the Mozambique/Malawi (Muloza and Milange) and Mozambique/ Zimbabwe (Machipanda) border points. This indicates improved maize availability at the source areas in Mozambique. Nonetheless, prices have remained higher than normal at the Zambia/DRC (Kasumbalesa) border point and between Zambia/Tanzania (Nakonde) border point due to increased demand for Zambian maize grain on the DRC and Tanzanian sides.

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