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Reference Date: 28-October-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2015 forecast to increase

  2. Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to decline

  3. Food insecurity persists in rural areas

Cereal production in 2015 forecast to increase

Harvesting of the 2015 monsoon season cereal crops (rice, maize and millet) is currently underway and will continue until December. FAO’s latest forecast for the 2015 aggregate cereal production stands at 182 900 tonnes, 5 percent above last year’s average-level. Most of this increase reflects a larger rice output, which is expected to reach 77 000 tonnes, 7 percent up from the previous year’s reduced level. Similarly, the 2015 maize output is projected to increase by 4 percent to 81 000 tonnes.

Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to decline

As a result of the expected increase in the 2015 aggregate cereal production, total cereal imports in the 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to contract by 8 percent to 79 000 tonnes. Imports consist mainly of rice and wheat, which are forecast at 77 000 and 6 000 tonnes, respectively.

Food insecurity persists in rural areas

Stressed 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 2015 more than 21 000 refugees from Bhutan are still living in refugee camps in eastern Nepal.





Relevant links:
From GIEWS:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Maps
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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