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Southern Africa Informal Cross Border Food Trade Report: December 2007
December 2007
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) / World Food Programme (WFP)


Overall summary of trade flows

Figure 1: Recorded Informal Cross Border Maize Trade in DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Figure 1: Recorded Informal Cross Border Maize Trade in DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe

A total of 104,254 MT of maize rice and beans were traded from April to December 2007. Maize, which is the main staple, accounted for about 82 percent of total trade while rice and beans accounted for 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively. This total is about 7 percent higher than the 97,206 MT of maize, rice and beans traded during the same period last season. However, the volume of maize traded shows a declining trend as shown in figure 1. This is a sign of tightening supplies as on-farm stocks become depleted through household consumption and sales. It should be noted that the current yearís trend in maize trade is similar to last seasonís, but rice and beans (depicted in figure 2) do not show a clear trend in the monthly volumes traded. However, the volumes of rice traded have consistently peaked in December in three of the four yearís monitored, probably due to increased consumption over the holiday season.

Figure 2: Recorded Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Rice & Beans in DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Figure 2: Recorded Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Rice & Beans in DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe

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