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Reference Date: 5-July-2016


  1. Good prospects for 2016 main spring season crops

  2. Cereal imports forecast to remain high in 2016/17 marketing year

  3. Prices for cereals were stable in June but higher than year earlier

Good prospects for the 2016 main spring season crops

Planting of the main 2016 spring season crops has concluded. Prospects for the season are good as rainfall levels have been average to above average in June, following the dissipation of the El Niño phenomenon. If normal weather patterns persists throughout the season, cereal production in 2016 is anticipated to recover strongly from two years of drought-reduced outputs and reach 510 000 tonnes, around the average level prior to the latest El Niño event. The anticipated increase of productions mainly reflects a strong recovery in maize and sorghum production, while rice is forecast to remain close to last year’s level.

Cereal imports forecast to remain high in 2016/17 marketing year

Cereal imports in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) are forecast at 650 000 tonnes, 3 percent below last year’s record level. The moderate decline in imports mainly reflects the lingering impact of two years of drought reduced outputs on local supplies, particularly for maize and rice.

Prices for cereals were stable in June 2016 but higher than year earlier

Maize meal prices, were unchanged in June and higher than at the same time last year, reflecting tight supplies from the reduced 2015 harvest and the devaluation of the Gourde.

Prices of imported rice, the main food staple and mostly sourced from the United States of America, remained generally stable in most markets of the country in June 2016. However, prices remain above their levels from a year earlier, mostly reflecting the depreciation of the Gourde.

Relevant links:
 As of Jun 2016, included in the list of "Countries Requiring External Assistance for Food"
 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: 2016, 2010, 2005
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