Staple Food Production Beginning to Recover

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Production of the staple foods most basic to humanity's survival -- cereals, particularly rice, wheat and maize -- is on the rise after three years in dangerous decline, according to FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture. But this is no cause for complacency.

World cereal reserves have been falling in recent years, causing sharp spikes in prices in world markets in the last month. If current forecasts are realized, 1996 cereal output should meet the expected demand for 1996/97. However, the anticipated increase in production would not allow any significant replenishment of cereal reserve stocks and global food security would remain precarious.

1 June 1996

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