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Genetically Improved Seeds Helping Farmers Confront Climate Change

Less than 30 percent of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa use improved seed that has recently undergone a formal breeding process. But it does not have to be that way.

Consider the Drought-Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project. This partnership of national and international agricultural research institutions has to date released about 200 distinct drought-tolerant maize varieties.

The Pan-African Bean Research Alliance has released more than 450 new bean varieties bred to be more resilient to extreme weather while offering higher yielding and better nutrition than their ancestors.

Eugene Kogan

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