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Reference Date: 28-January-2014


  1. Record rice crop estimated in 2013

  2. Maize exports to increase in 2013

  3. Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country

Record rice crop estimated in 2013

Planting of the 2013/14 mostly dry season irrigated paddy crop is almost completed, under generally favourable weather conditions.

Harvesting of the 2013 main season rice was completed in December. In aggregate, the 2013 rice output (including the main wet and the ongoing secondary dry seasons), is estimated by FAO at 3.5 million tonnes, similar to last year’s bumper output. Heavy monsoon rains from late June throughout September 2013 resulted in localised flooding across north-eastern and southern parts of the country. According to the National Disaster Management Office the floods are estimated to have affected at least 24 000 hectares of paddy crop, limiting potentiality higher production this year.

Continued public assistance supported larger plantings.

Maize exports to increase in 2013

The country is expected to remain more-or-less self sufficient in rice. However, some 280 000 tonnes of maize are likely to be exported during the 2014 marketing year (January/December). Much of the trade takes place with Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and China.

The latest available official data indicate that the overall national year-on-year consumer price inflation in December 2013 was 6.7 percent

Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country

Despite steady economic growth at an average rate of some 8 percent since 2007, food insecure areas exist at sub-national level. Ethnic groups living in remote areas and rural children are particularly vulnerable. Approximately 90 percent of the rural people derive their income from agricultural sector. According to the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) 2009 report, vulnerability and food insecurity is caused mainly by localized shocks.

Relevant links:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2011, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1995
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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