Food Security and Agriculture Highlights, January–March 2012
Agricultural production is expected to be good in 2012, much above the 2007–2011 average levels for all main products, except winter crops which have been severely affected by frosts. A tenderhas been launched to import 70 000 tonnes of wheat to cover food consumption.
The prevalence of poverty declined from 26.3% in 2009 to 21.9% in 2010 and is expected to have further decreased in 2011. The reduction was larger in rural than in urban areas but the difference between rural and urban areas remains huge.
Food prices remained nearly stable in January–March 2012, except for beef meat which increased by 8%.
Cereal imports in the first quarter of 2012 were 24% above the previous year’s levelwhilst the import bill was 87%higher than in the first quarter of 2011 due to high import prices.