By Peter Marchant, KF12 Zambia
Maize is a staple of the Zambian diet. On average, each Zambian consumes about 200 kilograms of the stuff each year. Farmers across the country grow maize on small plots, but they often find it difficult to sell their crop at a profit.
Zambia is sparsely irrigated, so farmers plant nearly all of the maize in the country at the start of the rainy season in late October or November and harvest when the rains let up. The market is flooded with maize at harvest time (roughly may to July) and prices fall by as much as 30%. The government...Continue Reading >>