FEWS NET has released its Food Price Watch for June, citing steadily increasing staple food prices in East Africa. Rising prices in the region are being caused by a combination of dwindling supplies from previous harvests and market interruptions due to conflict; many areas of the region were already seeing alarmingly high food prices.
Prices in West Africa remained steady this month following the onset of the rainy season and increased trade flows. Southern Africa saw seasonal declines in staple food prices, particularly maize. Prices in Central America also generally remained stable, although maize and bean prices did see some seasonal increases.