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Democratic Republic of Congo Price Bulletin, June 2024 – Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Price Bulletin, June 2024 – Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a series of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, which indicate seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year .

Corn and cassava are the main staple foods consumed by households in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and are usually prepared in a doughy consistency called fufu. The country is highly dependent on imported maize, as local production of both maize and cassava is generally unable to meet local demand. Rice is the third most important staple food and is mainly consumed in larger urban areas, while beans are used in both urban and rural areas as an accompaniment to grain-based dishes. Households in rural areas rely heavily on palm oil for food preparation. Corn, cassava, rice and beans are sold all year round in key reference markets in Eastern DRC. Fuel prices and the quality of road infrastructure linking major rural production zones with major consumer markets are among the main factors influencing basic food prices in eastern DRC.