FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.50

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The total cereal import requirement in 2003/04 (August/July) is estimated at 310 000 tonnes. Commercial imports are estimated at 230 000 tonnes, leaving a food aid requirement of 80 000 tonnes. As of end March food aid pledges amounted to 22 000 tonnes, of which 18 000 tonnes have been delivered.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)-2374376
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)-2277279
Previous year imports10080100280
Previous five years average imports1117371255
2003/04 Domestic Availability-1276277
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)-2271273
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)-1271272
Possible stock drawdown--55
2003/04 Utilization12081386587
Food use12071344535
Non-food use-104252
Exports or re-exports----
Possible stock build up----
2003/04 Import Requirement12080110310
Anticipated commercial imports1108040230
of which: received or contracted-38-38
Food aid needs10-7080
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges--2222
of which: delivered--1818
Donor-financed purchases----
of which: for local use----
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)18115180
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)-1009898
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average108110155122
Cereal share of total calorie intake   34
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsmaize; sorghum; sesame
Lean seasonJune-August
Population (000s)6 719   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)n.a.    

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

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