Joint Press Release on Food and Nutritional Situation in the Sahel and West Africa - April 1 to 3, 2015

The 2014-2015 Cereal production, revised in March 2015, for the Sahel and West Africa stands at 61,612,000 metric tons. It is 7 % higher than the one for last year and 10 % higher than the average production for the last five (5 ) years. Maize ranks number one with a production estimated to 20, 385,000 tons, followed by rice (17,325,000 tons), sorghum (13,664,000 tons) and millet (9,183,000 tons). Except for millet the production of which declined by 12 % , the productions of the main crops have been increased as compared with the average for the last five (5) years ( 3 % for sorghum, 15 % for maize , and 25 % for rice ).

In the Sahel, cereal production is about 21, 027, 000 tons. This production has been increased by 7.3% and 7.4% as compared with last year and the average for the last five (5) years, respectively. However, significant decreases in production have been recorded in several countries , mainly in Senegal (-16 % ), in the Gambia (-16 % ) ,in Guinea Bissau ( - 33 % ) and in Cape Verde ( -83 %)

In the Gulf of Guinea countries, cereal production is estimated to 40,589,000 tons, i.e. an increase of 6,8% as compared with last year and of 12 % as compared with the average for the last five ( 5) years .

The other productions such as tubers, groundnut, and cowpea have also been increased in the region respectively by 18, 15, and 4 % comparatively with the average of the last five (5 ) years.