FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.29

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  GAMBIA

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 49 percent compared to last year’s revised poor crop and above the average of 156 000 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 143 000 tonnes, reflecting consumers’ preference for imported rice.

CEREAL SUPPLY/DEMAND BALANCE FOR THE 2003/04 MARKETING YEAR (November/October)
 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)-19121140
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)-29126155
Previous year imports371191157
Previous five years average imports47952144
2003/04 Domestic Availability725185217
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)-22185208
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)-15185200
Possible stock drawdown710-17
2003/04 Utilization47127186360
Food use31108103242
Non-food use144853
Exports or re-exports1515-30
Possible stock build up--3535
2003/04 Import Requirement401021143
Anticipated commercial imports40100-140
of which: received or contracted----
Food aid needs-213
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)217370165
Indexes[percentage]
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)-77147134
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average851072999
Cereal share of total calorie intake   55
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsrice; millet; sorghum
Lean seasonJuly-September
Population (000s)1 471   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)280   

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

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