FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- An above-average cereal harvest gathered in 2015
- Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to decline
- Food insecurity persists in rural areas
Above-average cereal harvest gathered in 2015
Harvesting of the 2015 monsoon season cereal crops (rice, maize and millet) was completed in December. FAO’s latest estimate for the 2015 aggregate cereal production stands at 183 900 tonnes, 2 percent above last year’s above-average level. Most of this increase reflects a larger maize output, which is estimated at 81 000 tonnes, 4 percent up from the 2014 harvest. The 2015 rice production is estimated to have increased slightly to 78 000 tonnes.