Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Zambia: Maize Prices "Unaffordable"

It sounds like (see link) the Zambian government is starting to get really nervous as maize prices stay high in the country after nearly doubling two months ago. Zambia has a Food Reserve Agency which should buffer the ordinary poor from this kind of thing but the subsidies and controls don't appear to be having the desired effect. Sata is talking about fearing riots.
"If you don’t remember, Kenneth Kaunda’s government was overthrown because of food riots, and I don’t want food riots," Mr Sata said on Monday, referring to Zambia’s founding president.
This after a bumper harvest in 2012. Something isn't right.

Zambia's lean season runs from December to February.  

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