Drought Impacting Maize Output in Southern Africa

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CIA Factbook and U.S. Department of Agriculture: How dependent is each country on maize and how are they coping?

In all but a couple of countries of southern Africa, maize (corn) is the main food staple and dominant cereal crop. With the exception of South Africa, smallholders on non-irrigated land account for most production. Thus, the unprecedented drought afflicting the region the past two years has had a severe impact on food security.

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