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Reference Date: 01-April-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2015 to recover from last year’s reduced level

  2. Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March) estimated at high levels

  3. Wheat and maize prices declined in March with new harvests

Cereal production in 2015 expected to recover from last year’s reduced levels

Cereal production in 2015 is forecast to increase by almost 10 percent from last year’s reduced levels and reach 3.7 million tonnes, slightly above the country’s five-year average. The increase mainly reflects a strong recovery in maize production, currently being harvested, due to higher sowings driven by high local prices at planting time and improved yields. Maize output is preliminarily estimated at 1.4 million tonnes or 18 percent up from last year’s reduced level. Wheat production, harvested until February, is set at almost 1.5 million tonnes or 9 percent up from 2014, due to increased sowings and good yields.

Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March) estimated at high levels

Total cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March) are estimated at around 2.9 million tonnes, an increase of almost 6 percent from the previous year’s high level. This reflects the reduced 2014 maize and wheat outputs and strong domestic demand.

Wheat and maize prices declined in March with new harvests

Wheat prices declined for a third consecutive month in March, reflecting increased supplies from the 2015 harvest and imports. However, prices remained unchanged from their year-earlier levels. Maize prices declined sharply in March with the ongoing harvest which halted the upward trend of prices in the previous months.









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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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