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Could Quinoa Endure Water Scarcity Across Africa?

More than a hundred plant scientists, geneticists, agriculture experts, policy makers and government representatives recently came together to discuss a global expansion of agriculture beyond major crops with a keen focus on quinoa and its use in marginal environments in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA).

Many have scrutinized quinoa, its biology, genetics and its place in a largely inhospitable region marked by water shortages, poor soils, barren deserts, diminishing rural space, and feeling the impact of climate change. The discussions were geared towards convincing policy-makers that quinoa could be the crop of the future if the region embraces it.


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