Southern Africa: Expected Sharp Fall in Southern African Maize Production Raises Food Security Concerns

allAfrica (April 28, 2015) Harvest could dip 26 percent below 2014 bumper level, pushing up prices and increasing import needs. Southern Africa’s maize harvest is expected to shrink this year by some 26 percent compared with 2014’s bumper crop, a situation that could trigger food price increases and adversely affect recent food security gains, FAO warned today.