Posts Tagged ‘maize’

Malawi expects around 50% increase in maize surplus this season

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 at 9:57am

Malawi expects its maize surplus to increase by nearly 50 percent this season, the minister of agriculture said on Tuesday, a rare economic bright spot for the impoverished southern African nation. A seed and fertiliser subsidy programme in recent years helped Malawi feed itself. However the programme later collapsed because of corruption and after dry spells hit the maize belt. Finance Minister Ken Lipenga told Reuters last week he was banking on a strong harvest to help stem runaway inflation which stood at 37.9 percent in February. Maize is the main driver of inflation in the consumer price index, accounting for about…

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Malawi’s dependence on maize has led to malnutrition.

Posted on 14 Mar 2013 at 8:10am

Malnutrition in Malawi: is permaculture the solution?

Malawi’s dependence on maize has led to malnutrition, will encouraging permaculture help Malawians increase their intake of micronutrients?

As the third highest per capita consumers of maize in the world, Malawi’s dependence on a grain with high energy content but low protein, fat, and micronutrient quality has led to sustained issues of malnutrition. Despite recent praise of Malawi’s efforts to end hunger from the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation…

Malawi is Stocking Enough Maize

Posted on 07 Feb 2013 at 1:27pm

LILONGWE, February 6, 2013; In late 2012, development partners offered to complete an independent assessment of the Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) managed by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to reaffirm the availability of maize stocks sufficient to meet the 2012/13 humanitarian food aid requirements.  USAID, as the Chair of the Donor Committee for Agriculture and Food Security, contracted Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Malawi Limited to conduct an independent assessment of the quantity and quality of maize in the SGR under custody…

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