Reference Date: 22-December-2015
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Preliminary estimates indicate above‑average cereal production in 2015, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Maize prices declined significantly in October but remained well above their year-earlier levels
Large number of people face chronic food insecurity and malnutrition
An above-average harvest gathered in 2015
Harvesting of the 2015 second season maize crop has begun in the South. In the North, which has only one rainy season, harvesting of coarse grains was completed in November. During the 2015-2016 cropping season, the Government of Togo provided 34 065 tonnes of fertilizers. In addition, the Agricultural Productivity Project in West Africa (WAAPP) distributed 536 tonnes of improved maize and rice seeds. However, the season was characterized by erratic rainfall during the period from January to July 2015, with largest rainfall deficits recorded in Ogou, Tone and Doufelgou. Preliminary estimates put the 2015 aggregate cereal production at some 1.2 million tonnes, 4 percent below the previous year’s output but 7 percent above-average. Production of maize, the main staple cereal, is estimated at 795 000 tonnes, nearly 5 percent below last year’s record production.
Maize prices dropped recently, but remain above year-earlier levels
Maize prices have followed an upward trend through September, due to uncertain crop prospects in the southern part of the country. Although they declined significantly in October with the beginning of the new harvest, prices remained well above their year-earlier levels. In Anie market, prices in October were 95 percent higher than a year earlier.
Substantial sections of population are exposed to chronic food insecurity
Large numbers of people continue to be exposed to chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, notably in the northern part of the country. The North of Togo includes the poorest zones where malnutrition levels are the highest. Over 65 000 people are estimated to be in Phase 3: “Crisis” and above, according to the last analysis of the Cadre Harmonisé (Harmonized Framework) conducted in the country.