Maize (also known as corn) is the third largest planted crop after wheat and rice. Yellow maize is grown mostly in the northern hemisphere and constitutes the bulk of world production and international trade. White maize is produced in fewer regions, such as the United States, Mexico and southern Africa, but is a major staple food throughout Africa.
Maize is an important staple for international food aid, either as a whole cereal or as part of blended nutritional products such as Corn Soya Blend (CSB). Countries receiving large amounts of maize as food aid in recent years include Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Wheat is an increasingly important staple food in Africa due to rapid population growth, shifting consumption habits in urban areas and declining prices relative to maize products.
In 2013, African countries spent about USD 12 billion to import 40 million MT of wheat, equating to roughly a third of the continent’s food imports. By 2050, wheat imports are anticipated to increase by a further 23.1 million MT.
The only country on the continent with a significant production base is South Africa, with over 1.5 million MT of wheat production per year. Although Africa’s wheat production is rising, the continent’s harvest is only expected to reach 13.8 million MT per annum by 2050, which will satisfy just 20% of Africa’s estimated demand.
ETG is one of Africa’s leading maize originators and marketers. We trade white maize (primarily for human consumption), and yellow maize (for stock feed).
ETG sells and distributes maize in Africa and globally. Our primary countries of origination and operation are Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where ETG has established close ties with thousands of small farmers. While individual maize growers may not earn sufficient income to transfer their product to central markets, the combined output of 1 000 smallholder maize growers or more creates significant scale for ETG’s strategically positioned warehouses, which reach into the remotest of rural regions.
ETG maize milling plants are located in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and Togo. Approximately 10% of our supply is currently processed into Corn Soya Blends (CSB) for distribution by aid agencies. Maize milled in Malawi is sold in local supermarkets under ETG’S ‘Super Ufa’ brand, which is growing its market share and popularity. ETG is a leading supplier of CSB to aid organisations such as the World Food Programme and the International Commission of the Red Cross.
ETG trades all origins of wheat classes which includes wheat from the U.S, Europe and FSU (Former Soviet Union) countries.
ETG originates all types of wheat from the world’s leading wheat producers and supplies these to clients across African continent, the Middle East and Asia. Our wheat is sourced from multiple suppliers in Europe, Black Sea, North America and Australia for delivery to regions where demand outstrips supply. Due to climate and lack of investment capital, wheat cultivation isn’t viable in many parts of Africa.
Large wheat millers in South Africa presently take up the bulk of ETG’s wheat imports, while East Africa’s millers are becoming an ever more important market.
Milling operations are currently in place in India.
ETG is a vertically and horizontally integrated oilseed trader and processor. Our oilseed trading basket is predominantly focused on soya, sunflower seed, canola and palm; either in raw form or as processed derivatives.
The commodity is sourced from Africa, South America, Europe, India and China, with current destination markets including: West, East and Southern Africa. ETG is gaining prominence in the African oilseed and oilseed product sphere by meeting aggressive growth and expansion targets.
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