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Reference Date: 08-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. The 2014 maize production recovered from last year’s reduced level

  2. Prices decreased sharply with the improved maize harvest

  3. Food security conditions improved with the good maize harvest

The 2014 maize production recovered from last year’s reduced level

Harvesting of the 2014 main season coarse grain crop was concluded in May. The 2014 maize output was estimated at about 1.9 million tonnes, recovering from the reduced level of the previous two years. A slight expansion in plantings and higher yields, following overall good rains during the cropping season, accounted for the increase in cereal production, in spite of rainfall deficits in southern parts.

Prices decreased sharply with the improved maize harvest

Maize prices of maize, the main staple in the country, have decreased by more than one-third in most markets over the past three months. The decline is a result of the downward pressure exerted by new supplies from the 2014 harvest. Overall, prices in June were considerably lower than a year earlier.

Prices of rice, the main staple in the capital Maputo, have remained stable since the beginning of the year, supported by stable or falling international prices.

Overall food security conditions improved with the good maize harvest and lower prices

Overall, food security conditions are expected to improve significantly this year, following a tight situation in 2013/14 that was largely attributed to a lower national harvest and increasing maize prices.

In the immediate period, as supplies increase with the 2014 harvest and prices decline, food access and availability are anticipated to improve at household level.







Relevant links:
From GIEWS:
 As of Jul 2014, included in the list of "Countries Requiring External Assistance for Food"
 Cereal Supply/Demand Balance Sheet
 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, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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