Maize everywhere but not enough matoke

Published on 25 October 2010

Following months of good rain, East Africa is headed for a bumper harvest for all major staple food crops, but experts predict that in another six months, the region will face a food crisis attributed to effects of the current rains and poor storage infrastructure. (..) Fears that Uganda will face a staple food crisis were confirmed by the World Food Programme — the single largest buyer of grain from producers. WFP deputy country director Hakan Tongul says while Uganda is “pretty much sufficient in sorghum, millet and maize” its supply of beans is not always enough. WFP has spent an average over $50 million annually over the past three years on buying food in Uganda. Just last year, it purchased 160,000 metric tonnes, most of which was maize.

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