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Reference Date: 16-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. The 2014 cereal production is estimated to decrease, due to unfavourable weather conditions in parts of the country

  2. Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to increase

  3. Prices of wheat flour remained stable over the past months

The 2014 cereal production is estimated to decrease

Harvesting of winter cereal crops (mainly wheat and barley) was completed by mid-August, while that of spring crops (mainly maize) is well underway and is expected to continue until the end of October. FAO’s latest estimates put this year’s wheat production at 700 000 tonnes, 12 percent down from last year’s below-average level. The decrease is mainly attributed to estimated lower yields, as a result of below-average rainfall during the crucial period of the growing season, as well as a slight contraction in area planted, following a shift to more profitable crops. Similarly, the 2014 maize output is expected to decrease to 450 000 tonnes, 3 percent below last year’s average level. Total cereal production in 2014 is estimated at 1.5 million tonnes, 7 percent below last year’s level.

Planting of the winter cereal crops, mainly wheat started in mid-August under favourable weather conditions.

Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to increase

The country depends heavily on cereal imports, mainly wheat, which account for about 96 percent of the total cereal import requirements. As a result of the anticipated decrease in this year’s wheat production, wheat imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to increase to 600 000 tonnes, up 11 percent from last year’s high level. Wheat is mainly imported from Kazakhstan.

Prices of wheat flour remained stable over the past months

Prices of wheat flour remained stable over the past months but were higher than a year earlier in several markets as a result of the anticipated reduction of the 2014 crop. Prices of potatoes generally plummeted in August, declining for the third consecutive month and were well below their levels at the same time last year, reflecting good supplies from the 2014 harvest.

According to latest official reports, approximately 37 percent of the population was estimated to live under the poverty line and the ratio of households’ budget allocated to food remained high and was estimated at around 61 percent.









Relevant links:
From GIEWS:
 As of Oct 2014, included in the list of "Countries Requiring External Assistance for Food"
 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
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