Tanzania is likely to emerge as Southern and East Africa’s saviour in its maize shortfall. Zimbabwe, Kenya and Mozambique are experiencing a maize deficit and will collectively need to import about 2.5-million tons in the 2019/2020 marketing year to satisfy domestic demand.

The dilemma, as I argued (https://webmail.timesmedia.co.za/owa/redir.aspx?REF=X6EFMWmRkhOjIXrq_NrEj8zZXOsXTUJRzbk6yoANUJuy_sXmUvnWCAFodHRwczovL3d3dy5idXNpbmVzc2xpdmUuY28uemEvYmQvb3Bpbmlvbi8yMDE5LTA2LTE5LXdhbmRpbGUtc2lobG9iby13ZS1uZWVkLXRvLXRhbGstYWJvdXQtemltYmFid2UtYW5kLWl0cy1tYWl6ZS1uZWVkcy8.) in these pages on June 19, is that it is uncertain where the three countries will source the maize, especially the white maize I suspect they will need most. The likes of SA and Zambia, which are typically the region’s maize suppliers, are expected to have tight supplies themselves due to lower production in the 2018/2019 production season on the back of droughts. But neither country will be out of the market compl...

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