- The projected grain balance sheet for
2009/2010 shows a gross surplus of roughly 309,689 metric tons, netting
out to 566,636 MT. This estimate of gross national production will be adjusted
downward by approximately five percent for crop losses in livestock-raising/millet-producing
areas, transhumant pastoral/millet-producing
areas, and northern sedentary livestock-raising/sorghum,
millet, and cotton-producing
areas affected by the September droughts or by the shortened rainy season.
Poor households in these areas will require assistance in maintaining regular
access to food in local markets until next July or August.
- Widespread harvesting activities are
improving household grain availability. As a result, in general, grain
prices are down from the previous reporting period. Terms of trade trends
are in favor of pastoralists, with prices for livestock on the rise given
the high demand during the December holidays. Thus, on the whole, the food
security situation is good.