Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission to Swaziland
While more than double last year’s poor harvest, Swaziland’s maize production this year – at around 64 000 tonnes – is still significantly lower than the average of the preceding four years,
according to a new joint FAO/WFP report on the food situation in the country.
Despite a promising start to the season, poor rains, extended dry periods and unusually high temperatures coincided with the critical tasselling stage for much of the maize crop. Rains came
back at the end of March and continued through May but were too late to remedy the situation.
The report also notes that rapidly rising food prices are seriously eroding food access for the poor.
Full report of the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission to Swaziland