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Reference Date: 19-November-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2015 estimated at a bumper level

  2. Cereal imports to decrease sharply in 2015/16

  3. Rice prices stable in October, those of maize seasonally increased

Cereal production in 2015 estimated at a bumper level

Cereal production in 2015 is preliminarily estimated at 2.5 million tonnes or 5 percent above last year’s reduced level and well-above average. Maize production is estimated at record highs, bolstered by Government’s support programs which included provision of agriculture inputs and of financial resources to producers, towards the achievement of self‑sufficiency in production. The 2015 rice output is also estimated at high level and close to average, as precipitation recovered from the low levels during sowing and resulted in good crop yields.

Sowing of the 2016 maize and rice crops is well advanced, however, some concerns persist about El Niño conditions and the possible impact on plantings and crop development during the season. According to remote sensing data, despite abnormal dry weather in the northwest of the country, precipitations have remained so far at average or slightly below average in main producing regions, benefiting the normal progress of the season.

Cereal imports to decrease sharply in 2015/16

Cereal imports in the 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to decrease sharply. The sharp drop in imports mainly reflects reduced imports of maize, which have declined year‑on‑year by more than 40 percent, following Government efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. By contrast, wheat imports are expected to remain high.

Rice prices stable in October, those of maize seasonally increased

Rice prices were relatively stable or declined in October, however, prices remain well above their levels a year earlier, despite this year’s good production, as a result of low carry‑over stocks from the 2014 reduced harvest. By contrast, maize prices began to seasonally increase in most markets of the country, although they were unchanged in the capital Quito.











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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
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