Food Security Monitor

August 2022, Edition #28

The AGRA Food Security Monitor reviews and discusses changes in selected variables and their implications on food trade and food and nutrition security. The discussions presented here focus on selected countries of interest to the AGRA Regional Food Trade and Resilience Initiative: East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), Southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe), and West Africa (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo). Highlights from the Food Security monitor are; the first grain shipment from Ukraine left the southern port of the country on the 1st of August following a 22 July agreement between Russia, Türkey, Ukraine, and the United Nations. Three additional ships left on the 5th of August in a move that was widely welcomed as one that will bring much-needed relief and stability to global food security. In East Africa, food insecurity is expected to persist in many areas due to multiple shocks and hazards: season performance, economic under-performance, malfunctioning markets, rising food prices, knock-on effects of conflicts/insecurity, displacement/migration, and destitution following the loss of livelihood assets. The AfCFTA launched the AfCFTA Hub digital platform, a nexus linking national governments, intergovernmental, private, and public digital and partnership platforms together, making it easier for SMEs and start-ups, to engage with all actors across the AfCFTA. Commodities prices remain well above their 6–12-month levels across the three sub-regions. Also, observed prices of all three selected commodities (maize, beans, and sorghum) in the East Africa sub-region are generally higher than the past 1-12 months.

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