FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 1-2/00 - Guinea-Bissau

Seasonably dry conditions prevail. A joint FAO/CILSS Crop Assessment Mission estimated 1999 cereal production at 138 700 tonnes (rice in paddy equivalent), which is 6 percent above 1998, but below the 1997/98 pre-crisis level and below average. Production of coarse grains increased, while that of rice decreased due to flooding and pest attacks.
Following recent presidential elections, the political situation should remain stable and the overall food supply situation has improved. However, some population groups are still facing food supply difficulties, notably in urban areas.