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Small Grains Persevere in Arid Climates

Munacho Nyamayedenga (61) says he has never been formally employed but still managed to look after his family through subsistence farming in the rocky and arid region of Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe (UMP).

Nyamayedenga says he has managed to see all his six children through school from agriculture, but laments that last year's El Niño-induced drought and "soil tiredness" brought new challenges that have left most people in the community in need of food aid.

With the country faced with a La Nina phenomenon in the 2017 agricultural season, which is expected to bring floods to most parts of the country, the country's food situation is likely to be dire again.

Neil Palmer/CIAT

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