World cereal production to reach all-time record in 2014

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Simisu Sakola works in her cornfield in Swaziland. FAO@PHOTO

World production of cereal will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014, according to the UN agriculture agency.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says this year's cereal output has been boosted by productive harvests in Europe and a record maize output in the United States.

FAO points out that the record global cereal harvest in 2014 will outpace projected world cereal use in 2014 and 2015, allowing stocks to rise to their highest levels since 2000.

However, the report also warns that food insecurity is worsening in a number of countries due to conflicts, adverse weather and the Ebola outbreak.

It says that the Ebola outbreak triggered one of the biggest shocks to agriculture in West Africa because it started to spread when crops were being planted and expanded throughout the farming cycle.

The worst affected countries are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

FAO says that about 38 countries are at risk of food insecurity, including 29 in Africa.

Stephane Coutrix, United Nations.

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