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Price Watch Urban Food Markets
September 2009
US Agency for International Development (USAID), Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) as the source of this report: http://www.fews.net


The FEWS NET September Price Watch contains a special markets focus on Zimbabwe put together by the Zimbabwe Field Office and the Markets and Trade Team.  The piece illustrates that while the economic drivers that typically contribute to food security (such inflation, commodity prices specially, availability, etc) can look quite good and be improving, food access for some can be problematic or even worsen.

In Zimbabwe economic conditions have really improved: prices are stable, the recent harvest was better than previous harvests, markets and trade are liberalized, stores are better stocked and there is generally more economic activity. However, the shift to convertible currencies has meant that those with limited access to such currencies are having a difficult time accessing food. Some are having to barter with their agricultural output while facing decreasing  terms of trade and quickly diminishing cereal reserves.

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