Most Expensive Bread Prices, Nigeria Leads In African Countries

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Ever wondered what the average price of bread is across African countries. Everyone may have noticed that bread prices have gone up considerably in recent times. In the last two years, things getting worse by the day. At present time there are African countries where a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) is the most expensive according especially in Nigeria.

In an eBook “Bread in Africa” which was co-authored by Diane Lyons and Catherine D’Andrea as seen on Springer Nature, it was established that bread is a widely-consumed staple in Africa. Across cultures, food is consumed in many different ways. Some people eat it during breakfast and some at dinner. As such, it is always in demand.

If you eat bread, as most people do, then you must have noticed that the price of the beloved staple has gone up dramatically over time.

The huge demand is perhaps the primary reason why bread prices keep skyrocketing. But beyond that, other macroeconomic factors are also driving prices up. For example, factors such as foreign exchange constraints and the 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 particularly impact bread prices in Africa. That’s because a lot of the grains, including wheat, which is used for bread making in Africa are imported from Ukraine.

The war-torn country, alongside the aggressor Russia, is among the world’s largest wheat producers and exporters. And with the war raging in Ukraine and sanctions piling on Russia, wheat export from that region is uncertain in 2022.

In the meantime, as all brace ourselves for possible increases in bread prices, let’s also talk about the current prices.

Below are the African countries where a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) is the most expensive to buy.

In Nigeria, the price of bread (500g) jumped 42% between 2017 and Q1 2022, according to data made available by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. Unfortunately, Nigeria is not the only exception.

Nigeria: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $1.12 in Nigeria.

South Africa: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $0.98 in SA.

Ghana: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $0.79 in Ghana.

Mauritius: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $0.71 here.

Egypt: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $0.60 in Egypt.

Morocco: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $0.50.

Kenya: Here, a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) costs an average of $0.47.

Algeria: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $0.16.

Tunisia: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $0.13.

Equatorial Guinea: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $3.50

 Angola: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $3.60

 Eritrea: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $5.00

Mauritania: A loaf of fresh white bread (500g) goes for an average price of $6.10

 


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