Management of drought-relief maize
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CTA. 1994. Management of drought-relief maize. Spore 53. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Management of drought-relief maize by PS Tyler, D J Walker and TJ Donaldson 1994 35pp ISBN 0 85954 374 9 Price UKL5.00 NRI, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK
The failure of the rains in southern Africa during the 1991/92 growing season was the most widespread and serious drought of the century. There followed a severe shortage of the main food grain crops which had to be supplemented by imports from outside the region. Over 12 million tonnes of maize and other grains were imported into the region and some 20 million beneficiaries received food for up to 12 months. Final grain losses during the operation were estimated to be relatively small, which affirmed the generally high level of grain handling capability that exists within the region. However, it was apparent that the initial arrangements for grain quality assurance were inadequate in several countries. This report discusses the various problems encountered and puts forward certain technical recommendations. These concentrate on quality specifications, acceptability of unfamiliar types of maize in the region, pest and damage control, and the need for technical training. The report is intended for all those who may have responsibility for the procurement, storage and distribution of food aid. Management of drought-relief maize by PS Tyler, D J Walker and TJ Donaldson 1994 35pp ISBN 0 85954 374 9 Price UKL5.00 NRI, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK