FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.18

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   CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Cereal production is expected to fall for the second consecutive year, due to mass population displacements and seeds shortages resulting from the civil war. Cereal import requirement in 2004 is forecast at 46 000 tonnes, mostly wheat.

CEREAL SUPPLY/DEMAND BALANCE FOR THE 2004 MARKETING YEAR (January/December)
 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)-27117144
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)-23126149
Previous year imports305439
Previous five years average imports333339
2004 Domestic Availability-19115134
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)-25100125
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)-16100116
Possible stock drawdown-31518
2004 Utilization3724119180
Food use3621104161
Non-food use131519
Exports or re-exports----
Possible stock build up----
2004 Import Requirement375446
Anticipated commercial imports375345
of which: received or contracted----
Food aid needs--11
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges----
of which: delivered----
Donor-financed purchases----
of which: for local use----
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)952742
Indexes[percentage]
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)-1097984
2004 Import requirement compared to average112167133118
Cereal share of total calorie intake   22
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsroots; tubers; tree nuts; coarse grains; fruit
Lean seasonMay-July
Population (000s)3 887   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)260   

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

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