World Grain - August 2018 - 38
REGIONAL REVIEW: FALLING SHORT IN GRAIN PRODUCTION
"Better yields of sorghum in Nigeria have resulted
from increased private sector partnership with farmers," according to the attaché. "As industrial demand
for sorghum continues to increase, more users are expected to increase their partnerships with farmers, providing them farming inputs such as chemicals and improved seeds, storage and processing facilities, training on better farm management techniques, as well as
funding through some out-grower arrangements."
Sub-Saharan Africa's total grains imports in 201819 are forecast by the IGC at 29.4 million tonnes, up
from 27.6 million the year before. The leading importer is Nigeria, which will import 5.6 million tonnes of
grain in 2018-19, up from 5.5 million. It is followed
by Kenya, which will import 3.3 million tonnes, up
from 3.2 million, Sudan, which will import 2.8 million
tonnes, up from 2.7 million, and South Africa, which
will import an unchanged 2.1 million tonnes.
Among the countries in the region, only South Africa
is listed by the IGC as a notable exporter. It is forecast to send an unchanged 2.6 billion tonnes abroad in
Most of the region's grains imports are in the form of
wheat, with a total of 24.8 million tonnes set to be imported by its countries in 2018-19, up from 24.1 million
tonnes the year before. The biggest importer is Nigeria,
set to bring in 5.2 million tonnes, up from 5.1 million.
Next comes Sudan, with forecast imports of wheat at
an unchanged 2.6 million tonnes, followed by Kenya
with imports, also unchanged, of 2.1 million tonnes.
The region's maize imports are forecast at 3.8 million tonnes, up from 2.8 million the year before. The
biggest single importer of maize is Kenya, which is
set to bring in an unchanged 1 million tonnes. South
Africa is forecast to export 2.3 million tonnes of maize
in 2018-19, up from 2.2 million the year before.
The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa are also forecast
to import an unchanged 100,000 tonnes of barley.
Chris Lyddon is World Grain's European correspondent. He may be
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