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Reference Date: 10-February-2014


  1. Above-average cereal production in 2013, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  2. Access to food constrained by high inflation rate

Another good cereal crop was gathered in 2013

Harvesting of the 2013 second season maize crop was completed in January in the South. In the North, which has only one rainy season, harvesting of coarse grains was completed last December. The aggregate cereal production in 2013 is estimated at about 2.85 million tonnes, which is similar to the previous year’s good output and well above average. In spite of the erratic precipitation in parts of the country, the continuation of Government assistance, in the form of subsidized fertilisers and increased technical support for large-scale farming, supported crop development throughout the season. The improvement was also driven by a significant growth in rice production which increased by 22 percent over the previous year.

High inflation rate affect access to food

Although cereal production has been following an upward trend in recent years, access to food continues to be constrained by high consumer price inflation. The year‑on‑year inflation rate was estimated at 13.5 percent in December 2013, the highest level since March 2010.

Relevant links:
 Cereal Supply/Demand Balance Sheet
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2002
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