Summary and Implications
Household food availability and access has been stable over the past few months. Second season production was satisfactory, and, in some places, the performance of second-season maize was superior to that of the main season, resulting in adequate food availability. Presently, food prices are favorable for consumers, increasing household food access. Despite this positive scenario, decision makers should bear in mind that the households have not fully recovered: this year is the first year with good performance and relative stability after five consecutive years of production shocks. Thus, pockets of food insecurity are likely. Close monitoring in months ahead is deemed necessary. The current food balance reflects the substantial improvement in the agro-climatic conditions during the 2005/06 cropping season, although, it indicates a total cereal deficit of 437,000 MT. For other crops such as tubers, beans and peanuts, the food balance indicates good production that will cover the national consumption needs, especially in the northern and central regions. Commercial imports will fill the remaining gaps.