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Profiles of Progress: Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa
For Sharifa Numbi, a smallholder farmer in Tanzania, maize is life. Maize nourishes her family at every meal. It’s also her main source of income, giving her money to send her children to school, visit the doctor, and put a roof over her head. But the impacts of climate change are threatening this life-giving crop for Numbi and millions of other African farmers. Severe droughts in recent years have scorched millions of hectares of maize across the continent, pushing farming families like Numbi’s into poverty and hunger.
“It’s been very difficult to keep practicing farming when the weather is not good,” says the 37-year-old mother of two.
New varieties of maize, however, are giving her something once unimaginable: insurance against hunger.
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