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Eastern Africa: Maize Difference Yield (as of 11 Aug 2009)


11 August 2009 - In large parts of the Rift Valley yields are expected to be 15% lower than the 5 years average due to drought, with local reductions of up to 50%. Compared to the yield of 2008, a reduction of about -10% is foreseen.
In Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya very dry conditions are seen in all maize growing areas. Due to reduced water availability and poor crop growth, well below average yields of -10% to -15 % are expected. The yields will be 5% to 13% lower than last year. Favorable growing conditions are seen in Uganda and Dem. Republic of Congo where yields are expected to be slightly above average with 2% to 4%.  In the main agricultural areas of Somalia, maize growing conditions were similar to last year and normal compared to the 5 years average.