The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors the development of basic food prices in countries affected by food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a series of charts showing monthly prices for the current fiscal year in selected urban centers. This allows users to compare current trends both with five-year average prices, which show seasonal trends, and with prices in the previous year.
Corn and beans are the main commodities consumed, with the availability of corn being synonymous with food security. Beans are very often eaten with corn. The Nairobi market is an indicator for urban consumers. Eldoret is a production area and is located in the “grain basket zone”. Kisumu is a large market in a deficit area with marginal agricultural productivity. Kitui is prone to drought and is a marginal production area. Lodwar Market is located in Turkana, a highly food insecure pastoral district that is poorly integrated with other markets. Mandera is a food insecure area and a cross-border market with inadequate trading infrastructure. Marsabit is a conflict-affected area that is highly food insecure and poorly integrated with other markets.