FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.53

Previous pageTable Of ContentsNext page


An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission in April 2003 estimated cereal production at 73 000 tonnes. This is 26 percent below last year’s crop but 31 percent below the average level. Domestic production can meet little more than one third of the country’s total cereal requirements. Cereal import requirements have increased to 124 000 tonnes, including 19 000 tonnes of food aid.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)--9999
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)--106106
Previous year imports44113893
Previous five years average imports4193383
2003/04 Domestic Availability-17374
2003 Production (incl. paddy rice)--7373
2003 Production (incl. milled rice)--7373
Possible stock drawdown----
2003/04 Utilization4613139197
Food use4613133191
Non-food use--44
Exports or re-exports----
Possible stock build up--22
2003/04 Import Requirement461266124
Anticipated commercial imports461148105
of which: received or contracted31-4879
Food aid needs-11819
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges-11011
of which: delivered-11011
Donor-financed purchases----
of which: for local use----
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)4212121175
2003 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)--6869
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average112133200149
Cereal share of total calorie intake   44
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsmaize
Lean seasonFebruary-April
Population (000s)1 093   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)1 180   

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

Previous pageTable Of ContentsNext page