Swaziland’s dry spell upends sunny outlook on food

by IRIN News

Increasingly erratic weather has seen maize production decline steeply over the last decade. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

A prolonged dry spell with scorching temperatures has undone an optimistic outlook for Swaziland’s harvest of maize, the staple. Instead, experts are now predicting another round of scarcity and hand-outs in the perennially food-insecure country.