Agriculture in Djibouti is very limited, due to acute water shortages in rural areas. In 2000, agriculture contributed only a little more than 4% to GDP. In 1999, some 23,000 tons of vegetables were produced. Tomatoes are grown for domestic consumption. Date palms are cultivated along the coastal fringe. Famine and malnutrition in Djibouti have created a reliance on the distribution of food aid for millions of its people. In 2001, grain imports totaled 37,970 tons.