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As Drought Hits Zambian Harvests, Food Prices Rise

Lower harvests of maize, wheat and sugarcane as a result of severe weather in the region are pushing up prices for Zambia's staple foods, according to the country's Ministry of Agriculture. The Zambia National Farmers Union said erratic weather — including late rains at the start of the season, drought in many areas and heavy flooding in some parts of the country — have all hit food production. "Most of the farm inputs [such as seeds and chemicals] in this country are...

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