Africa faces a poor wheat harvest in 2019/20

Africa faces a poor wheat harvest in 2019/20

We rarely talk about Africa’s wheat production due to its size relative to other regions of the world. Africa produces only 3% of the world’s wheat, compared to the European Union region which produces 20% of the world’s wheat and Back Sea region which produces 17%....
Zimbabwe’s maize import plan falls short

Zimbabwe’s maize import plan falls short

Note: I’ve recently opened a YouTube channel, which I hope to use frequently in 2020. Click here for a short clip summarizing the essay below. Last year I applauded the Zimbabwean government for having grasped the urgency of potential maize shortage in time and...
Zambia intervenes in the maize market

Zambia intervenes in the maize market

On 25 August 2019, we learned that the Zambian government has placed a price cap of $199 per tonne on maize (approximately R3 023) and has justified its actions by noting its concerns over rising maize prices, which could disadvantage many poor Zambian households. The...

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