Kenya's government responded with subsidies to tend to the 2017 maize crisis to ensure that it remained affordable. However, the country needs long term solutions to this perennial challenge.
Charcoal rot is associated with yield losses in crucial crops like maize, soybean and sorghum.
The problem of climate change and crop development represents a challenge for agricultural systems across the globe.
South Africa has been hit by a severe drought and will not be able to produce enough maize - its staple food - in 2016. This will prompt a rise in imports and therefore food prices.