COVID-19 to cause swell in African food imports – Economist
Published On April 28, 2020 » 734 Views» By Times Reporter » Business, Stories
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By KENNEDY MUPESENI –
AFRICAN food imports is likely to swell to more than US$50 billion from the current US$30 billion import annual bill due to global economic disruptions the COVID -19 spread is causing , a development economist has said.
Fabian Chewe said Zambia and African countries should device mechanisms aimed at increasing food production as food shortages were likely to expand.
“Europe where we import a lot of processed food products is likely to have shortages which will increase demand and they are indications that the current $30 billion annual food import bill might increase significantly,” Mr Chewe said.

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