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Reference Date: 24-November-2016

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Above-average cereal harvest forecast in 2016

  2. Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 marketing year forecast at average levels

  3. Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Above-average cereal harvest forecast in 2016

Harvesting of the 2016 monsoon season cereal crops (rice, maize and millet) is ongoing and will continue until December. FAO’s latest forecast for the 2016 aggregate cereal production stands at about 187 000 tonnes, 2 percent above last year’s good level. Most of this increase reflects a larger rice output, which is expected to reach 80 000 tonnes, 3 percent up from the 2015 harvest. The 2016 maize production is forecast to increase slightly to 82 000 tonnes.

Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 marketing year forecast close to average levels

Total cereal import requirements in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to return close to average levels reaching 78 000 tonnes. Imports consist mainly of rice and wheat, which are forecast at 70 000 and 6 000 tonnes, respectively.

Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Food insecurity persists mostly in rural areas, with higher concentrations in the eastern and southern parts of the country. UNHCR indicates that, as of June 2016, around 15 500 refugees from Bhutan are still living in refugee camps in eastern Nepal. These populations rely mostly on humanitarian assistance, including food aid, healthcare and other necessities.