FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Following a normal start of the 2011/12 rainy season, abundant rains in late November and December led to localised flooding and crop damage
Import requirements, mainly wheat and rice, estimated at a higher level in 2011/12 marketing year (April/March), as a result of the smaller cereal harvest gathered in 2011
Heavy rains cause localised flooding at the end of 2011
Following normal rains at the start of the 2011/12 cropping season (October-June), which benefited land preparation and early plantings, a period of heavy rains followed in late November and December causing localised flooding and consequently some crop damage in affected areas. Parts of the northern province of Uige reportedly experienced losses of cassava and peanut crops, while some food stocks and homes were destroyed as a result of the torrential rains. Abundant rains were also recorded in parts of the southern provinces of Cunene and Kuando Kubango, with above average cumulative rainfall levels (October-December).
A drop in the 2011 cereal harvest was recorded
The 2011 cereal (mainly maize), harvested between March and June is estimated at 692 000 tonnes, representing a drop of about 50 percent relative to the bumper harvest achieved in 2010. Heavy rains from December 2010 through March 2011 led to flooding and consequently localised crop losses in southern provinces, particularly in areas bordering Namibia, as well as suppressing cereal yields. At this level, domestic production is expected to cover approximately 32 percent of total national requirements, compared to an average of 51 percent for the preceding five marketing years (2006/07-2010/11).
Cereal import requirements expand for 2011/12
Import requirements for the current 2011/12 marketing year (April/March) are estimated at about 880 000 tonnes, approximately 10 percent higher than the previous marketing year. Wheat and rice constitute the bulk of the imports. The good stock levels from the favourable harvest in 2010 are also expected to help off-set some of the production short-fall.