March 1st, 2013

Maize smuggling creates hunger in Malawi

Posted on 01 Mar 2013 at 7:14pm
(IRIN) – Every morning, Bernadette Kilembe, from the northern Malawian town of Karonga, is confronted with two related problems: She has to keep her restaurant running, and she has to feed herself and her three children.

Exacerbating both of these problems is the cost of maize – Malawi’s staple food – which has become unaffordable.

Between June and October 2012, a 20-litre bucket of maize cost her between 500 and 750 kwacha (about US$1.50 to $2). Now it costs 3,000 kwacha ($8) a bucket.

“That is only enough to produce two meals for me and my children,” said Kilembe.