Drought-tolerant crops can end Africa’s food insecurity (Google / New Vision)

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Drought-tolerant crops can end Africa’s food insecurity

By Dr. Daniel Mataruka

A crisis is looming over the small-scale farms of Africa. Experts agree that climate change is manifesting itself in the form of prolonged drought in many parts of Africa. This is having a devastating impact on millions of resource-poor, small-scale farmers. And yet, for the first time in history, we have solutions in hand that can help these farmers cope with the effects of drought.

We can prepare them for climate change by rapidly increasing the development and use of drought-tolerant crops in Africa. We know how to do this. We just need the political will to get it done.

The choices we make now and in the coming years will determine how quickly these new crop varieties can be put into the hands of Africa’s farmers, helping to…

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