Banning maize exports causes food crisis – World Bank

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Richard Record

Record; The ban is a set back.

The World Bank says Malawi government’s ban on maize exports caused the country’s current food crisis.

The country implemented a ban on exporting maize since government is subsidizing the production of maize through the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP).

However, the ban on maize exports has discouraged investment in more productive commercial farming methods, stopping farmers from producing more maize which they can sell outside the country.

“Our concern with the export ban is that it limits the scope to expand production among more medium and large-scale farms if they are unable to market the surplus,” said Richard Record, World Bank Senior Country Economist, World Bank in Malawi.

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  1. Iam suprised with these things called mzungu,they involve themselves in the affairs of this country. No Malawian has ever got involved in the affairs of USA. Kudzichepesa kapena azunguwa mwawawona mutakula kale ndiye mumawayesa angelo? Kupusa ngati azungu omwewo…

  2. The principle is true, but his observation is wrong. The alleged ban was made after the harvesting period upon realising that the yield fell below projections to feed the nation. It was not set or said to be irrevocable. These USA people are just up to something. Malawians should wake up and start to analyse most advice from these Western nations with caution, because it’s not that they are loving the people but to a great extent they protecting their interests in African lands.

  3. That mentality of whatever rubbish a white will say or do would make sense ‘must’ seize or we will also have to be reminded or told that we are humans & alive.

  4. Malawians this is basic economics of supply and demand…..!!! U cant produce a surplus if the market has been closed. In other words it means commercial farmers who could produce maize could not do so because they would face the export restriction as if they too used subsidised fertiliser. and if government did impose the restriction and commercial farmers produced it doesn’t mean all the maize could be exported. there produce will increased market supply and stabilise prices. In this a commercial farmer is not only a big company involved in farming maize, but rather anyone whose production is beyond his or her consumption needs and he produces a surplus which he sells.

  5. Ndavetsetsa what he is trying to say its simple mathematics guys…but we shld consider first when the ban was put in place.. if it was before planting season business pipo didnt plant more maize…y? if they plant more where would they sell…its a loss right there…So they didnt invest in Malawi…are you getting the picture…there is some sense in this nonsense koma kkkk

  6. inu ma guy muzivesesa kaye chimene akutanthauza… .akuti ban of export yapangisa kuti alimi azingolima chimanga chochepa popeza china sangagulise kunja

  7. Koma mbuz zinazi r u cal urself ajornalist? How can u export if u dont have?hhhhhmmm,u think dat peter could call u and giv u abrown envelop walemba mmazi.

  8. What are talking about? Exporting something means you have excess of it, if you bar it from being exported, can that cause any shortage of it?please clarify to the nation on that.

  9. What are talking about? Exporting something means you have excess of it, if you bar it from being exported, can that cause any shortage of it?please clarify to the nation on that.

  10. If you have nothing to say dont say it here. You think we can export maize yet we dont have enough for ourselves? We had floods last season.

    • The bottom line is that the country did not produce enough maize because of dry spells and floods. In this case, you can not have high production in absence of rainfall irrespective of how much you invest. Production is measured per unit area. Other areas did not even see flesh maize last growing season.