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    The prevalence of poverty increased from 27.6% in 2008 to 34.1% in 2009, as a consequence of the economic crisis. Cereal production in 2010 is estimated at 323,600 tonnes, respectively 12% and 11% below 2009 production and 2005-09 average. Wheat price increased by 15% between August and December 2010, reflecting international prices trends. In December 2010, the international FAO Food Price Index was slightly above the peak reached during the 2007-08 food price crisis.
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    The price of wheat increased by 82% between August and December 2010, in line with price trends in the region. In December 2010, the international FAO Food Price Index was slightly above the peak reached during the 2007-08 food price crisis. The prevalence of food insecurity and poverty continues to decrease, although slowly. Poor households are affected greatly by rising food prices. Cereal imports were 29% above average imports for 2005-09. The 2010 cereal production was estimated at around 2 million tonnes, a decrease of respectively 33% and 14% compared with the 2009 record harvest and the 2005-2009 average.
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    Cereal prices significantly increased between August and December 2010, reflecting world price trends. In December 2010, the international FAO Food Price Index was slightly above the peak reached during the 2007-08 food price crisis. Households and communities affected by floods last summer are slowly recovering with assistance from partners. The final estimate for cereal production in 2010 is 2.46 mln tonnes, well above the preliminary figures. This is respectively 13 % and 8% above the 2009 level and the 2005-09 average level. Cereal imports for 2010 amounted to 14 thousand tonnes, 8% below 2009 level, and much below the 2005-09 average.

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