11 August 2009 - In Burkina Faso, Cameroon,
Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria
and Senegal slightly above (up to +5%) five year average yields
are anticipated. However local differences within these countries are seen.
In Sierra Leone, Benin, Liberia and Togo slightly reduced
sorghum yields of -2% to -3% are expected due to drought during the growing
season. Sorghum and millet yield prospects are normal for Guinea
and Guinea-Bissau (0%). In Niger the prospects are favorable,
yield forecasts are 10% higher than last year and the five year average.