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Reference Date: 07-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Favourable prospects for the 2014 main season crops

  2. Slightly higher cereal imports forecast for the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

  3. Rice and maize meal prices remain at low levels in July

Favourable prospects for the 2014 main season crops

Harvesting of the 2014 main season crops is currently underway and will be concluded by the end of September. After below-average precipitations at the beginning of the season, between April and May, remote sensing data shows a recovery in rains since the last dekad of May, which benefited crop development in the major producing areas of the country. Assuming normal weather conditions continue during the remainder of the year, as well as an average secondary season rice crop, to be harvested by December, FAO’s latest forecasts point to an aggregate 2014 cereal production of 596 000 tonnes, 3 percent up from last year’s record level.

Slightly higher cereal imports forecast for the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

Imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are preliminarily forecast at 684 000 tonnes, 4 percent above last year’s near-average level. The increase mainly reflects growth in imports of wheat (which is not produced in the country) and rice.

Rice and maize meal prices remain at low levels in July

Prices of imported rice - the main food staple - remained unchanged or declined in most markets in July. This mainly reflects trends in rice export quotations from the United States, which is the main supplier of the country and the good prospects for this year’s harvest.

Prices of maize meal, the country’s second most important food staple, also declined or were unchanged in July reflecting the new adequate supplies from the ongoing harvest. Overall, in July maize meal prices are below their year-earlier levels.









Relevant links:
From GIEWS:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Maps
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2010, 2005
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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