Two Million People Facing Food Shortages in Malawi
Posted by feww on April 26, 2013
Maize prices soared by 231 percent in Malawi
The southern African nation of Malawi is experiencing a maize shortage after two consecutive dry seasons. Maize is Malawi’s staple diet, accounting for 90 percent of all caloric intake, said a report.
“A 50-kg bag of maize used to cost around 13 dollars, but now the price has more than doubled to about 30 dollars – way above the earnings of those living in dire poverty, on less than 20 dollars a month.”
The food situation has further worsened recently, as 30,000 metric tons of maize held in the strategic grain reserves were spoiled.
Queues at Malawi’s state-run maize traders are never-ending as thousands of people wait for days to purchase the staple crop. At the Lilongwe Admarc people sleep overnight in the queue as they wait for a chance to buy maize. More than two million people are facing food shortages this year due to the prolonged dry spells and soaring food prices. Credit: Mabvuto Banda/IPS
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