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Reference Date: 07-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Prospects for the 2014 cereal crops are favourable

  2. Below-average cereal imports forecast in the 2014/15 (July/June) marketing year

  3. Food insecurity persists in certain districts

Prospects for the 2014 cereal crops are favourable

Harvesting of the 2014 minor winter season crops, mainly wheat and barley, was completed in by the end of July. This year’s wheat and barley production is estimated slightly higher than in 2013 mainly due to higher yields following favourable weather conditions during the growing season.

Early prospects for the monsoon season crops, paddy and maize, are considered good. FAO preliminarily forecasts the 2014 rice and maize outputs at 90 000 and 82 000 tonnes, respectively, slightly above last year’s good harvests, mainly due to an estimated expansion in area planted of both crops.

Below-average cereal imports forecast in the 2014/15 (July/June) marketing year

Following higher production levels for the second consecutive year in 2013, cereal imports in the 2014/15 (July/June) marketing year are anticipated at 65 800 tonnes, similar to the previous year’s average level. Imports consist mainly of rice and wheat, forecast in the current marketing year at 58 000 and 6 000 tonnes, respectively.

Food insecurity persists in certain districts

Food insecurity persists predominantly in rural areas with higher concentrations in the eastern and southern parts of the country. According to the latest UNICEF report, the under-five mortality rate decreased from 131 per 1 000 in 1990 to 45 in 2012. UNHCR information indicates that, as of January 2014, some 32 000 Bhutanese citizens of Nepalese origin are still living in two refugee camps in eastern Nepal. Nearly 85 000 refugees have been resettled in third countries, following the major resettlement programme launched in November 2007. UNHCR is expected to facilitate the resettlement of some 7 000 people in 2014.





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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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