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The Food Balance Sheets domain covers:

  • Production
  • Trade
  • Feed and Seed
  • Waste
  • Other utilisation
  • Food availability

Elements covered:

  • Quantities
  • Calories, Proteins, Fats
Food Balance Sheets

A food balance sheet presents a comprehensive picture of the pattern of a country's food supply during a specified reference period. The food balance sheet shows for each food item i.e. each primary commodity availablity for human consumption which corresponds to the sources of supply and its utilisation. The total quantity of foodstuffs produced in a country added to the total quantity imported and adjusted to any change in stocks that may have occurred since the beginning of the reference period gives the supply available during that period. On the utilisation side a distinction is made between the quantities exported, fed to livestock + used for seed,  losses during storage and transportation, and food supplies available for human consumption. The per capita supply of each such food item available for human consumption is then obtained by dividing the respective quantity by the related data on the population actually partaking in it. Data on per capita food supplies are expressed in terms of quantity and by applying appropriate food composition factors for all primary and processed products also in terms of dietary energy value, protein and fat content.

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Important Notice

Important Notice on Changes in Food Balance Sheets

Due to insufficient data at this time some countries are omitted. It is hoped that as additional information is provided to our statisticians, we will be able to update these too.

Related to the SUA/FBS and Commodity Balances the users are informed that, in some cases, the unbalance is due to the rounding or aggregation algorithm.