TANZANIA (19 February)
Harvesting of the 2002/03 short “Vuli” season cereal crops in the bi-modal rainfall areas is well advanced. The overall outlook is favourable. The aggregate 2002/03 production of cereals is forecast at 4.29 million tonnes, about 10 percent above last year’s good harvest.
The overall food situation remains satisfactory. Nationally, maize prices are stable. Adequate availability of water and forage has also improved the food security of most pastoralists. However, localized food shortages are anticipated in some northern parts of the country due to crop failures. Insufficient pasture and water is also predicted in these areas.