Green drought

3:16 PM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

It's been a tough wet season in Mozambique. In our district the first rain came in December as expected, but no follow up rain fell causing the first crops of maize to fail. The second rains came about 2 weeks late to save the first crop but provided the moisture for the people that had resources to plant a second time. Those crops have had mixed success, some of our neighbours have tall maize but it lacks grain, so they face a "green drought", meaning there is water in the wells, grass in the field but no grain to eat. Other farmers have grain but the quantities will not be known until after harvest in a few weeks time. A maize mill in our district is predicting only 50% of what they need, to be sourced locally this year, usually they have surpluses.
Please pray that the Mozambican people have enough maize to get them through the year, and that those that have, will assist those in need.
Neighbouring African countries have also had a bad maize crop this year contributing to the problem. The closest countries with a surplus of maize seems to be South America which will not be assistance to a subsistence farmer.

1st photo an abandoned maize crop

2nd photo poor maize crop with millet planted in it.

3rd no return for their effort this year.