Reference Date: 17-July-2012
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
In 2011 food production (mainly roots and vegetables) increased marginally, although smaller plantings contributed to a reduced maize harvest
Food prices rise marginally, but the national inflation rate remains stable
Marginal increase in the 2011 food crop production, while the more important sugarcane production declined slightly
Food crop production, consisting mainly of roots and vegetables, increased in 2011, as a result of improved yields, which more than compensated for a smaller planted area. Maize production, which is the only cereal grown in the country and accounts for about 10 percent of the national consumption requirements, declined fractionally. Total food production is estimated at approximately 116 000 tonnes for 2011, compared to 115 000 tonnes in the previous year.
Sugarcane, the main cash crop in the country, is grown on about 90 percent of the cultivated land area and accounts for approximately 25 percent of the country’s export earnings. In 2011, sugarcane production, estimated at 4.23 million tonnes, declined marginally compared to the output in 2010, as a result of a smaller area planted.
Inflation remains generally stable in 2012, but food prices show some increase
The annual inflation rate in June 2012 stood at 4 percent, reflecting marginally higher food prices, particularly vegetables, bread, fish, and rice. While the monthly inflation rate since the start of 2012 has been stable, increasing by less than 1 percent.