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Reference Date: 10-March-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Rice production in 2014 forecast at good level

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

  3. Prices of rice rose slightly in February and were marginally above their levels of a year earlier

  4. Food insecurity remains a concern in some areas

Rice production in 2014 forecast at good level

Harvesting of the 2014/15 secondary season paddy and main maize crops is currently ongoing. Near-average rains over large parts of the country from October to the end of February, including the main cereal producing regions of Ayeyarwady, Bago and Yangon, benefited crop development. FAO’s latest forecast puts the aggregate 2014 rice production at 28.9 million tonnes, 2 percent up from the previous year, but below the estimated five-year average. The estimated increase is mainly attributed to a small expansion in the planted area from 2013’s low level and an expected small improvement in yields. The 2014 maize crop, harvested by mid-April, is estimated by FAO at 1.75 million tonnes, some 3 percent above the record level in 2013.

Cereal exports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year

Cereal exports for the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast at 1.4 million tonnes (comprising about 800 000 tonnes of rice and about 610 000 tonnes of maize), 13 percent up from the previous year’s high level. Total cereal imports (mainly wheat) for 2014/15 are projected to decrease slightly to 285 000 tonnes.

Prices of rice increased slightly in February and were marginally above their year-earlier levels

Wholesale prices of Emata rice, the most commonly consumed variety, increased slightly in February supported by strong import demand from China. Overall, prices were marginally above their levels of a year earlier.

Food insecurity remains a concern in some areas

Despite an overall stable food security situation, recurrent inter-communal tensions since June 2012 have negatively impacted on the food security situation of affected populations. According to the latest information from UNHCR fresh displacements were witnessed in 2014, particularly after clashes in Kachin (north) and northern Shan (east) states. UNHCR estimates that as of July 2014, nearly half a million people remained displaced in Rakhine (southwest), Kachin (north), Shan (east) and southeast areas of Myanmar.











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 Earth Observation Indicators
 Maps
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2009
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