Monday, March 7

How Did That Happen?

As recently as January, the outlook for Zambia's 2005's crop production was looking good. Senior officials were predicting they would earn substantial revenues by exporting crops to needy countries in the region.

However, recent erratic rainfalls have threatened this possibility. Now, despite the earlier hoopla, it seems the Zambian government has suspended the export of maize because the country is expecting a poor harvest, a senior official told IRIN.

Of course, predicting rainfall is a crapshoot, but how were earlier forecasts so far off?