Published: Saturday 15 July 1995

Zambia's plans to bring in 1 million tonnes of maize to avoid famine after the 1991-92 southern African drought has come a cropper because the country had no organisation to receive the imported material, according to the Natural Resource Institute which helped manage the imports. Maize shipped from the Americas and Europe already contained too much moisture for safe storage. Some got wetter and useless when the rains came, turning stackyards to mud.

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