Tag Archives: Maize

11Sep/17

Pap in a pack – Nigerian entrepreneur turns traditional meal into hot commodity

A traditional staple meal made from maize or sorghum and consumed widely across Africa in different forms, Pap is being sold in Nigeria in a labelled, convenient pack with a guarantee that it is hygienically prepared and fit for export. Entrepreneur Ijeoma Ndukwe has big plans to take this simple porridge to Nigeria’s huge Diaspora population with an insatiable taste for home, and while it is not too different from what people have consumed for generations, Ndukwe says her business plan offers a more ‘complete package’.
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07May/17

Johannesburg bourse to launch Zambia dollar-denominated maize contract

DURBAN, South Africa May 5 (Reuters) – The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is setting up a contract for Zambian maize that will be denominated in U.S. dollars.
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10Jan/17

Zambia military goes on chemical offensive against maize munching pest

Zambia’s military and other government agencies are working to contain an invasion of army worms in maize fields in parts of the country. The army worms, which feast on young maize plants and are capable of wiping out entire fields, have been spotted in about six of Zambia’s 10 provinces, threatening the country’s staple crop.

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11Feb/16

Malawi grapples with hunger years after grain surplus

Hunger is again stalking Malawi, with 2.8 million people at risk in a country recently lauded for slashing malnutrition rates. Floods and drought have hit the staple maize crop, exposing the fragility of Malawi’s progress, which was partly rooted in a fertilizer grant for small-scale farmers that the cash-strapped government, now starved of donor funds, can ill afford.
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19Jan/16

U.N. food agency says 14 million face hunger in southern Africa

The World Food Programme (WFP) has raised concern about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year. The weather condition is said to have been worsened by El Nino, a pattern which typically brings drier conditions to Southern Africa and wetter ones to East Africa.

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29Dec/15

A look at how African farmers developed agriculture and tackled challenges in 2015

The push to see Africa grow its Agriculture continued in 2015 with governments encouraged to improve infrastructure and technology for farmers. Areas being farmed by African smallholders are only producing around one metric tonne per hectare, compared with seven tonnes in developed markets. An ongoing drought in southern Africa also affected crop yields this year and forced farmers to cut the size of their herds.

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04Dec/15

Malawians face hunger after erratic weather affects farm harvests

Malawi faces its most severe food crisis in a decade, blamed on extreme flooding and late, erratic rains, putting millions at risk of malnutrition and hunger.

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