FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.2 - June 2004 p.58

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Zambia’s total cereal production in 2004 has been estimated at 1.56 million tonnes. This is about 15 percent higher than the above-average level of 2003. As a result, the country is expected to have exportable surplus of 250 000 tonnes of maize in the 2004/05 marketing year. Cereal import requirements are limited to reduced quantities of wheat and rice in which the country has a structural deficit but are met through commercial imports.

 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)136111 2141 360
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)93131 0131 119
Previous year imports432361127
Previous five years average imports4521192258
2004/05 Domestic Availability9281 4701 570
2004 Production (rice in paddy terms)82121 4701 564
2004 Production (rice in milled terms)8281 4701 560
Possible stock drawdown10--10
2004/05 Utilization132221 4701 624
Food use128219541 103
Non-food use4-246250
Exports or re-exports--250250
Possible stock build up-12021
2004/05 Import Requirement4014-54
Anticipated commercial imports3014-44
of which: received or contracted1--1
Food aid needs10--10
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges----
of which: delivered----
Donor-financed purchases--66
of which: for local use--66
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)12288102
2004 production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)8892145140
2004/05 Import requirement compared to average8967-21
Cereal share of total calorie intake   65
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsmaize; roots; tubers
Lean seasonMarch-May
Population (000s)10 832   
GNI per capita in 2002 (US$)340   

FAO/GIEWS - June 2004

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