Wheat consumption in Jordan levels off as refugee influx ends.

Wheat consumption in Jordan is forecast to remain virtually unchanged in the 2017-18 marketing year. At 1.32 million tonnes, the forecast for 2017-18 was up only marginally from 1.318 million tonnes during the 2016-17 marketing year. The flat forecast is in stark contrast to previous years, when Jordan experienced unprecedented growth in consumption due to the influx of Syrian refugees and a testing economic environment. Production of wheat is negligible in Jordan, with the country only turning out about 25,000 tonnes per year, a figure that is expected to remain unchanged in 2017-18. Wheat imports also are forecast flat, at 1.3 million tonnes.