FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.36

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The 2003 main paddy crop is forecast at 2.8 million tonnes, 5 percent above last year’s level. The coarse grain crop, mainly produced in southern parts, is estimated to be reduced by 14 percent compared to last year due to drought. Cereal imports and food aid needs are forecast in the 2003/04 marketing year at 353 000 tonnes.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)102 6711812 862
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)102 5301732 713
Previous year imports10123016347
Previous five years average imports9419414302
2003/04 Domestic Availability101 9041552 069
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)102 8001552 965
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)101 9041552 069
Possible stock drawdown----
2003/04 Utilization1152 1241832 422
Food use1152 0041622 281
Non-food use-12021141
Exports or re-exports----
Possible stock build up----
2003/04 Import Requirement10522028353
Anticipated commercial imports8021110301
of which: received or contracted71036116
Food aid needs2591852
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges2691448
of which: delivered2561142
Donor-financed purchases--33
of which: for local use--33
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)71169132
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)10011190109
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average112113200117
Cereal share of total calorie intake   53
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsrice; roots; tubers; maize; fruit
Lean seasonFebruary-March
Population (000s)17 292   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)240   

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

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