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Zimbabwe Buys South African Corn as Nation Faces Food Shortage

  • Supply contract has been agreed with Export Trading Group
  • Earlier international tender for corn supplies failed

Zimbabwe agreed to buy 150,000 tons of South African corn after a tender five times that size failed, leaving the country short of grain as the number of people without adequate food rises, according to people familiar with the situation.

The grain is being supplied by Export Trading Group, said the people, who asked not to be identified as a public announcement hasn’t been made. The deal is for white corn, a staple food in Zimbabwe, and specifically non-genetically modified grain.