FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - May 2003 p.38

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Final estimates of the 2002 cereal production indicate a record harvest of 3.34 million tonnes, representing an increase of about 8 percent compared to 2001 record harvest and 31 percent compared to the previous five years average. Farmers should be able to replenish their stocks and the government to reach the national optimum stock level of 35 000 tonnes. Cereal import requirements for marketing year 2002/03 are estimated at 377 000 tonnes.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production7603 0283 094
Previous five years average production9602 4862 555
Previous year imports55163168386
Previous five years average imports58133274465
2002/03 Domestic Availability13523 2553 320
2002 Production (rice in paddy terms)3803 2553 338
2002 Production (rice in milled terms)3523 2553 310
Possible stock drawdown10--10
2002/03 Utilization582043 4353 697
Food use521942 8313 078
Non-food use110499509
Exports or re-exports5-5560
Possible stock build up--5050
2002/03 Import Requirement45152180377
Anticipated commercial imports45150180375
of which: received or contracted--1212
Food aid needs-2-2
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges-2-2
of which: delivered-2-2
Donor-financed purchases--33
of which: for local use--33
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)416238259
2002 Prod. compared to average (rice paddy terms):37133131131
2002/03 Import requirement compared to average:781146681
Cereal share of total calorie intake:   69
Additional Information    
Major foodcrops:millet; sorghum; pulses; roots; tubers
Lean season:July-September
Population (000s):11 903   
GNP per capita in 2001 (US$):170   

FAO/GIEWS - May 2003

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