FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.3 - December 2005 p.14

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  BOTSWANA

The estimated 2005 cereal production, mainly sorghum, has dropped to less than half of the output last year. Import requirements have increased to compensate for this drop. The country normally covers most of its consumption requirements on a commercial basis.

CEREAL SUPPLY/DEMAND BALANCE FOR THE 2005/06 MARKETING YEAR (April/March)
 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production (incl. paddy rice)1-4344
Previous five years average production (incl. paddy rice)1-3031
Previous year imports9017208315
Previous five years average imports7816197291
2005/06 Domestic Availability1-1920
2005 Production (incl. paddy rice)1-1819
2005 Production (incl. milled rice)1-1819
Possible stock drawdown--11
2005/06 Utilization9117249357
Food use8417247348
Non-food use--22
Exports or re-exports7--7
Possible stock build up----
2005/06 Import Requirement9017230337
Anticipated commercial imports9017230337
of which: received or contracted47-118165
Food aid needs----
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges----
of which: delivered----
Donor-financed purchases----
of which: for local use----
for export----
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)4710139196
Indexes[percentage]
2005 Production compared to average (incl. paddy rice)100-6061
2005/06 Import requirement compared to average115106117116
Cereal share of total calorie intake   51
Additional Information    
Major foodcropssorghum; pulses; vegetables
Lean seasonJanuary-March
Population (000s)1 778   
GNI per capita in 2004 (US$)4 340   

FAO/GIEWS - December 2005

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