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Likely above-average wheat harvests begin across region

  • Food Security Outlook Update
  • Middle East and Asia
  • June 2014
Likely above-average wheat harvests begin across region

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the wheat harvest is likely to be above average for the third year in a row. The above-average harvest should provide both food and income to households in wheat-growing areas, but it also provides agricultural labor opportunities.
    • While both Tajikistan and Afghanistan are likely to have somewhat below average demand for wheat over the coming year due to above-average domestic harvests, import supplies from other parts of Central Asia should remain normal. The Rabi winter wheat harvest in Pakistan has set a record for wheat production. Wheat planting is nearing completion in Kazakhstan where there may be a slight reduction in area planted this year.
    • An unusually large number of households have been affected by floods in April and May in northern Afghanistan. While many households are receiving assistance, they may continue to need assistance due to lost income, agricultural production, and loss of productive assets.
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