Cereal production on the rise in West Africa but poor nutritional situation

Published Apr 29, 2023

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In West Africa, cereal production for the 2022/23 agropastoral campaign stood at 77.231 million tonnes (Mt), up 7.7% compared to 2021/22 and 6.2 % compared to the average of the last five years, indicates the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). Millet posted the strongest growth, nearly 27%, to 10.861 Mt, followed by wheat and barley by 22.4% (144,739 tons), sorghum with 13.1% to 15.482 Mt. rose by 4.2% to 22.300 Mt and corn by 1.8% to 27.8 Mt. By country, the most significant increases, apart from Cabo Verde, are Niger (+69%), Mali (+15%), Liberia (+13%) and Burkina Faso (+11%). The only decrease is recorded in Sierra Leone (-7%). Overall for the WAEMU zone, cereal production amounted to 31.967 Mt, up 17%, for the ECOWAS zone to 73.853 Mt (+8%) and for the CILSS countries to 39.568 Mt (+14%). As for the production of roots and tubers, it reached 211.717 Mt in 2022/23, up 3% compared to 2021/22 and 10% compared to the average of the last five ...
Source: Commodafrica
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