Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update - June 2012
While dry weather has begun, river and irrigation water availability remains above average
- The 2012 national cereal harvest is expected to be above average. The above-average harvest is likely to reduce Afghanistan’s wheat and wheat flour imports from regional suppliers. Early estimates are that cereal imports may be reduced by up to half compared to their level from last year.
- Dry weather began in June, and it is expected to last until August. However, most rivers and water reservoirs have average to above-average water availability for irrigation. The good availability of irrigation resources has improved the prospects for the second cropping on irrigated land, particularly for rice and cotton cultivation.
- Food security in a few areas will not benefit from the above-average harvest including the extreme northeast, some higher elevations of the central highlands, spring flood affected areas, and the northern districts of Balkh and Jawzjan provinces where food security is likely to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2)