Dry weather hits Southern Africa’s farmers, putting key maize supplies at risk: how to blunt the impact

The year started with excellent rains, but El Niño conditions intensified from the end of January, leaving major crop damage in their wake

06 March 2024 - 21:33 By Wandile Sihlobo

South Africa (https://www.news24.com/news24/africa/news/south-africa-and-the-region-face-grain-strain-despite-record-harvests-20231128), Zambia (https://apnews.com/article/drought-national-disaster-emergency-electricity-4cc6a2105f4641efe17e10a5b75f78a5) and Zimbabwe (https://english.news.cn/20240229/c7454e0f49e74fd6b891519993f943b9/c.html) have recently published reports indicating a potential decline in grain harvest because of intense El Niño-induced dryness. These developments could put the entire Southern Africa maize supply chain at risk, with Zambia and SA hard hit by heatwaves and dryness. The neighbouring small producers such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia are also struggling with dryness...

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