FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.3 - December 2003 p.30

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The joint FAO/CILSS Crop Assessment Mission, which visited the country in late October, provisionally estimated cereal production this year at a record 208 000 tonnes, an increase of 43 percent compared to last year’s poor crop and above the average of 157 000 tonnes harvested in the previous five years. In spite of this good crop, cereal import requirements for marketing year 2003/04 (November/October) are estimated at some 142 000 tonnes, reflecting consumers’ preference for imported rice.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)-20125145
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)-30127157
Previous year imports361183157
Previous five years average imports46952143
2003/04 Domestic Availability-25185210
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)-22185208
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)-15185200
Possible stock drawdown-10-10
2003/04 Utilization40127185352
Food use24103140266
Non-food use143439
Exports or re-exports1520-35
Possible stock build up--1212
2003/04 Import Requirement40102-142
Anticipated commercial imports40100-140
of which: received or contracted----
Food aid needs-2-2
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges-112
of which: delivered-112
Donor-financed purchases----
of which: for local use----
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)167095181
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)-75146132
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average871088100
Cereal share of total calorie intake   55
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsrice; millet; sorghum
Lean seasonJuly-September
Population (000s)1 471   
GNP per capita in 2002 (US$)280   

FAO/GIEWS - December 2003

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