Market situation in a nutshell:
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During the month of September, there is a gradual tendency toward the end of the lean period in many West African countries, and food availability is already improving in some countries with the arrival of new crops. It should be added that for crops that have not yet matured, vegetative development is continuing and prospects for good harvests are expected. By country and by cereal crop the situation is as follows:
For rice: In almost all of the rice markets followed during the month of September, the trend was towards price stability with the exception of Ghana which saw a very slight increase. Thus, it should be noted that, compared to last month, 7 of the 8 countries followed had stable prices.
For maize: 4 of the 8 countries have experienced price stability in their markets. These include Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. 2 countries experienced a slight decline in prices in their markets. These are Niger and Benin. The trend has been a slight increase in Senegal and Mali.
For millet: During the month of September, five countries (Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Burkina, Senegal) were stable in their markets while 3 countries (Benin, Mali, Senegal) recorded higher prices in their markets.
For sorghum: During the month of September, 3 of the 8 countries recorded relative price stability in their markets (Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire). The trend is on the other hand a slight increase in Senegal, Mali, Niger and Benin. Only Burkina Faso recorded a slight decline in prices in its markets.