Why back Africa’s small farmers?

Small scale farming

Sharon Toroitich, a small-scale farmer at Kamok village in Keiyo North, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, weeds her farm on August 08, 2020.

Photo credit: Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • In East Africa, swarms of locusts, fostered by hotter, wetter conditions, devoured a vast expanse of crops.
  • Millions in rural Africa still experience an annual “hunger season” — a period of profound deprivation between harvests.

At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) last November, world leaders pledged billions of dollars to sustainable farming and agricultural research. This commitment comes at a critical time: Climate change is wrecking harvests around the world and global hunger is on the rise.

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