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Reference Date: 11-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Estimates point to a reduction in 2013 maize and bean production

  2. Cereal imports expected to rise in 2013/14 marketing year

  3. Prices of beans surged in February while those of maize remained relatively stable

Estimates point to a reduction in 2013 maize and bean production

Harvesting of the third “de apante” season, which accounts for less than one-third of the annual maize output, finished in February. Below average rain during most of the season significantly affected maize yields and estimates point to a decline in production of about 30 percent compared to the same season in 2012. In aggregate, the 2013 maize production (first, second and third seasons) is officially estimated at 537 000 tonnes or 3 percent down from the previous year’s level, mainly due to lower yields in the first and third seasons.

The 2013 bean production is also estimated to decline, as a result of reduced plantings, due to low prices at sowing time and a decrease in yields in the main producing department of Olancho.

Cereal imports expected to rise in 2013/14 marketing year

Early forecasts point to a 6 percent increase in cereal imports in 2013/14 marketing year (July/June). This mainly reflects higher maize imports, as a result of the decline in 2013 maize production and high domestic demand, particularly for the feed industry. Wheat and rice imports are expected to remain at average levels.

Prices of beans surged in February while those of remained relatively stable

Prices of red beans surged by 20 percent in February as a result of the reduced production this year. Prices of white maize increased marginally but remained almost 22 percent lower than their year-earlier levels.









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