FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Maize production contracted by 8 percent
in 2009, compared to 2008.
- Prices of rice, the main food staple,
have remained at a stable level since the beginning of the year
Insufficient rainfall contributed to
a decline in maize production in 2009
Planting of the 2010 maize crop - the
only cereal grown in the country - and pulses, is scheduled to finish
at the end of August. Maize production is concentrated in the two islands
of Santiago Island (55 percent) and Fogo Island (28 percent).
The 2009 maize crop, harvested between