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Reference Date: 30-December-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production limited by drought again in 2015

  2. Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year forecast at last year’s high level

  3. Prices for major food staples were unchanged in December: bean prices remain at near record levels

Cereal production limited by drought again in 2015

Cereal production in 2015 is expected to remain virtually unchanged from last year’s drought-reduced level at 933 000 tonnes. For a second consecutive year the El Niño phenomenon has caused prolonged dry weather during the cropping season limiting the production potential of the country. Rice production is estimated tentatively at 900 000 tonnes (paddy equivalent), mainly reflecting the good harvest of the main first season. Despite the severe and prolonged drought conditions since May, main rice producing areas could rely on adequate water reserves for irrigation, which benefitted crops. By contrast, the 2015 maize production was more affected by the reduced precipitation, with preliminary estimates pointing to a production of 31 000 tonnes or 14 percent below last year’s drought reduced output and well below the average. Production of red and black beans, major food staples, was also lowered by the drought conditions. While no official estimates for production are yet available, FAO preliminiraly estimates that the area planted in 2015, for both red and black beans contracted by at least 16 percent as a result of dry weather.

Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year forecast at last year’s high level

Reflecting a second consecutive year of drough-reduced ouputs, imports of cereals in the 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to remain above the country’s five-year average and relatively unchanged from the 2014/15 high level. Cereal imports consist mainly of maize and wheat. Imports of maize are expected to increase almost 7 percent to 1.2 million tonnes, in line with this year’s lower ouput, while wheat imports are forecast to remain relative stable at above 500 million tonnes.

Prices for major food staples were unchanged in December: bean prices remain at near record levels

Retail maize retail prices in December remained relative unchanged from the previous month but 9 percent higher than December last year reflecting the 2015 reduced output. Retail prices of rice by contrast remained unchanged in November and close to the levels of the same month last year.

Retail prices of red and black beans were also relatively unchanged in December but both types remained some 40 percent above their levels a year earlier due to supply shortages, following a decline in production and insufficient import volumes. Imports of beans are being regulated by the Government in order to prevent a fall in producer prices.











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