Overview of the Maize and Sugar Cane Markets in South Africa and Other Selected African Countries
Maize is the largest cereal crop in Africa contributing % to an overall production of million tonnes in 2012/2013.
The top maize-producing countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Tanzania) contributed% to the total maize crop ( million tonnes) in 2012/2013.
South Africa and Egypt were the only two African countries cultivating genetically modified (GM) maize until 2013/2014, when Egypt halted GM maize production pending a government review. Nigeria is expected to join South Africa in cultivating GM maize by 2015.
GM field trials for crops such as maize, bananas, sweet potato, cotton, and cowpeas are underway in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Egypt.
Challenges in the African maize market include pre- and post-harvest losses, limited access to markets, reliance on rainfall to cultivate crops, droughts and floods, and fluctuating prices.
Opportunities within the African maize market include:
Greater agricultural inputs, such as fertilisers and pesticides, as well as improved farming methods to raise the low maize yields experienced in Nigeria and Tanzania.
Innovative grain storage designs to assist in bridging the time period between maize harvests and food deficits.
Commercial maize flour mills in Ethiopia.
About this report
This market insight provides an overview of maize production and agro-processing in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, and sugar cane production and agro-processing in South Africa and Egypt. The current and potential expansion of genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa is also discussed, highlighting the challenges in its adoption. The following data is provided for each crop: production volumes, prices, revenues, yield, area harvested, exports, and imports. Trading partners and an outline of the agro-processing flow from farm to fork are also provided
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