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9 African countries with the most expensive bread prices

In the 2014 e-book “Bread in Africa”, co-authored by Diane Lyons and Catherine D’Andrea, as seen on Springer Nature, it was established that bread is a widely consumed staple food in Africa. In all cultures, food is consumed in different ways. Some people eat it for breakfast and some for dinner. As such, it is always in demand.

The huge demand is perhaps the main reason why bread prices continue to soar. But beyond that, other macroeconomic factors are also pushing prices up. For example, factors such as currency constraints and occasional global supply chain strains can present challenges.

As you may have heard, experts (including the World Bank) have warned that the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict could potentially exacerbate the food crisis in Africa and elsewhere. The war will have a particular impact on bread prices in Africa. This is because much of the grain, including wheat, that is used for making bread in Africa is imported from Ukraine. The war-torn country, alongside aggressor Russia, is among the largest producers and exporters of wheat in the world. And with war raging in Ukraine and sanctions piling up on Russia, wheat exports from that region are uncertain in 2022.

In the meantime, as everyone prepares for possible increases in the price of bread, let’s also talk about current prices. Below are the nine African countries where a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) is the most expensive to buy. This list is courtesy of Numbeo, a leading global consumer price database.

  1. Nigeria: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $1.12 in Nigeria.
  2. South Africa: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $0.98 in SA.
  3. Ghana: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $0.79 in Ghana.
  4. Mauritius: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $0.71 here.
  5. Egypt: A loaf of fresh white bread (500 g) costs an average of $0.60 in Egypt.
  6. Morocco: A loaf of fresh white bread (500 g) costs on average $0.50.
  7. Kenya: Here, a loaf of fresh white bread (500 g) costs an average of $0.47.
  8. Algeria: A loaf of fresh white bread (500 g) costs an average of $0.16.
  9. Tunisia: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs on average $0.13.