Zambia: High Corn Production Leads to Excess Supplies in Zambia
In the 2020/21 MY, Zambia produced its second highest corn crop on record. This bumper corn crop of 3.4 million tons is 69 percent higher than the previous season’s crop of 2.0 million tons. Over the past 20 years, Zambia has more than doubled corn production through a combination of increased area and productivity, turning the country into a net exporter of corn. However, in the 2020/21 MY corn exports will be limited, despite the bumper crop, as the Zambian government plans to stock 1.0 million tons of corn as strategic reserves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Post estimates Zambia’s corn exports to neighboring countries will be limited to about 270,000 tons in the 2020/21 MY.