Cross Border Trade Report

Food Trade Bulletin

April 2014 to March 2015

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Not mapped
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners. FEWS NET only maps the Eastern half of DRC.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.
Partners: 
ACTESA
COMESA
WFP

Key Messages

  • Volumes of maize, rice and dry beans traded informally within monitored countries declined by 30 percent between April 2014 and March 2015 in comparison to 2013/14 levels; and by 29 percent in comparison to the recent five-year average.

  • Mozambique was the largest exporter contributing 38 percent of the maize moved by traders. Much of the maize from Mozambique, 83 percent was moved to Malawi.

  • Zambia's contribution to the informal maize exports declined 51 percent compared to last season as much of the surplus was purchased by its National Food Reserve Agency.

  • Tanzania was the largest exporter of rice and dry beans, contributing 58 and 61 percent of these commodities respectively.

  • Malawi was hte largest importer, receiving 38 percent of the maize moved within the region.

  • Volumes of maize traded informally are expected to increase by between 20 and 30 percent between May and October 2015 to cover staple food deficits in the regionas average-to-below-average harvest are forecast for 2015.

About Cross Border Trade Reports

Cross Border Trade Reports are periodic documents on trade from country to country or in a region, usually addressing the exchange of food commodities at selected border points.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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