February 2001 Edition
Forecast Middle East and North Africa* Corn Imports To Continue Strong
Includes: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
North Africa and Middle East corn
imports have more than doubled over the last decade and are
forecast to comprise nearly 20% of world corn trade in 2000/01.
Despite efforts by many governments to increase production of
various crops, the region's climate and scarce water supplies are
expected to leave these countries heavily dependent on imports.
Growth in income and population are fueling rising consumption of
poultry and to a lesser extent beef , dairy, and sheep products.
Recent lower corn prices compared to alternative feed stuffs have
encouraged more corn use in the feed rations and demand for
corn-based snack foods and starch is also growing. With the
economies of these countries expected to remain stable, they
should provide a steady future market for corn.
The US continues to maintain a dominant share of this market, with exports up 150% over the decade to nearly 10 million tons. Argentina continues to be the other major supplier.
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