Inside East Africa’s coming cereal crisis

The region’s supply of maize is expected to fall to 1.2 million tonnes, from an average of 2.7 million tonnes, with Uganda — the only regional country with a surplus — expected to record a drop to 1.03 million tonnes. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

East Africa is staring at a biting cereal shortage in the wake of the devastating destruction caused on farmlands by the fall armyworm, experts have warned. The most affected is the maize crop, the staple of the region, meaning household budgets could be hit as food inflation rises in coming months.

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