FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.39

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A recent FAO/CILSS Crop Assessment Mission provisionally estimated cereal production in 2003 at some 195 000 tonnes, some 68 percent above last year’s poor harvest and 21 percent above average. Following this good harvest, cereal imports requirements (including re-exports) are forecast to decline to some 337 000 tonnes, mainly wheat.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)-8531116
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)-8279161
Previous year imports413342449 1/
Previous five years average imports279404323
2003/04 Domestic Availability-54116170
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)-79116195
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)-52116168
Possible stock drawdown-2-2
2003/04 Utilization29888121507
Food use2287582385
Non-food use30122567
Exports or re-exports301132
Possible stock build up10-1424
2003/04 Import Requirement298345337 2/
Anticipated commercial imports258151274
of which: received or contracted65-469
Food aid needs4019463
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges4019362
of which: delivered2210134
Donor-financed purchases----
of which: for local use----
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)822729139
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)-96147121
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average10785125104
Cereal share of total calorie intake   54
Additional Information    
Major foodcropswheat; rice; millet; sorghum
Lean seasonJuly-September
Population (000s)2 776   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)410   
1/ Includes 15 000 tonnes of wheat for re-exports.
2/ Includes 30 000 tonnes of wheat for re-exports.

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

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