Climate change and ‘smart seeds’ in Africa

Posted by , posted on Thursday June 9 2016(1 year ago)

Smallholder farmers can overcome the negative effects of the climate change by using new varieties of seeds.

 

Subsistence farmer Joice Chimedza harvests maize on her small plot in Norton, a farming area outside Zimbabwe's capital Harare, May 10, 2016. [Reuters]

Subsistence farmer Joice Chimedza harvests maize on her small plot in Norton, a farming area outside Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, May 10, 2016. [Reuters]

 

Southern Africa is undergoing the worst drought in more than three decades. More than 30 million people in South Africa, Malawi, and my home country Zimbabwe are facing hunger.

While this year’s drought is largely attributed to the El Nino effect, rains have been increasingly erratic over the past two decades.

This could be the new normal as climate change models forecast less rainfall and more extreme weather for much of East and Southern Africa.

Moreover, experts project that we may be entering a time of global weather uncertainty, or a “dark age”.

 

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