Zambia: Zambia Maintains its Status as a Net Exporter of Corn
Zambia’s production of its staple crop, corn, is expected to grow by 23 percent to 3.3 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2023/24, mainly due to an upsurge in planted area. With expectations of a marginal growth rate in the domestic demand for corn and notwithstanding the government of Zambia’s decision to temporarily embargo corn exports, Post estimates Zambia could export approximately 400,000 metric tons (MT) of corn in MY 2023/24. Zambia exported almost 1.1 MMT of corn in MY 2022/23 on record carry-over stocks of 1.5 MMT and higher demand from East Africa and neighboring countries. Zambia has made strides towards revising its biosafety policy, which will give momentum to revamped biosafety legislation, changing the current restrictive approach to biotechnology to a more science-based and enabling environment.