El Nino piles pressure on food prices

Going up: Food prices are expected to come under significant pressure soon PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Going up: Food prices are expected to come under significant pressure soon PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Food prices in the country are expected to come under intense pressure soon, after a horror cropping season in which the region was hammered by the El Niño phenomenon.

El Niño is a cyclical weather event which, in Botswana and neighbouring countries, is associated with drought, including prolonged dry spells and frequent heatwaves. In Botswana and neighbouring countries, the recently ended cropping season experienced the most prolonged dry spell for February in 40 years, decimating crops and endangering food security.

South Africa, the region’s breadbasket which traditionally supports Botswana’s grain requirements, expects a 20% drop in white maize harvests this year and countries such as Zimbabwe are already looking as far afield as Brazil for imports.


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