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East Africa cross-border trade bulletin (July 2011)

by Anna Woltman last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:07 AM
Contributors: FSNWG, MAS

The key messages of this report are: · There was a general decline in volumes of food commodities traded compared to the last six months of 2010. Maize had the largest decline, by 80%, followed by millet and teff (57%), sorghum (28%), and beans (19%). This decline is attributed to limited stocks in surplus areas and export bans by Ethiopia and Tanzania, two key exporting countries. · Despite a decline in trade volumes at the regional level, the volume of maize and sorghum imported into Somalia from Ethiopia showed a marked increase. Imports into Somalia were driven by strong import demand there following a failed 2010 deyr crop and very poor prospects for the 2011 gu harvest. · The proportion of informal maize trade in total cross-border trade increased, ostensibly due to stricter control of cross-border trade by Tanzania and Ethiopia, while informal trade volumes marginally improved as traders have tried to maintain their turn-over volumes. · There was a significant increase in the volume of livestock traded, by over 200% compared to the last six months of 2010, most likely driven by increased sales of livestock by herders to finance cereal purchases and also to reduce potential losses resulting from drought-related mortalities. This increase occurred despite this being not the peak livestock trading season in the region.

Author(s): FSNWG , MAS

Publication Date: 2011

Location: East Africa

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