FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 09/98 - ANGOLA* (3 September)
ANGOLA* (3 September)
As a result of generally favourable weather and some 10 percent increase in the area sown, aggregate cereal production in 1998 (mostly maize) rose by more than one-third to 594 000 tonnes. Output from other crops including cassava, pulses and sweet potatoes is also estimated to have increased reflecting larger areas sown and good yields.
The cereal import requirement in the 1998/99 marketing year (April/March) is estimated at 471 000 tonnes, including 121 000 tonnes of food aid. Despite the improvement in domestic production, the country's food supply situation remains difficult. Renewed fighting in several areas particularly in the northern province of Malange has exacerbated an already precarious food supply situation. The food supply position is particularly serious in the two drought-hit southern provinces of Cunene and Cuando Cubango where targeted food assistance is required. The number of displaced people in need of emergency food assistance is increasing, but it is difficult to reach many areas because of growing insecurity. Food aid pledges at the end of August amounted to 129 000 tonnes, of which 45 000 tonnes have been delivered.