Africa: Climate change threatens crops

| March 14, 2016

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Scientists from the University of Leeds say climate change is threatening some of Africa’s most important crops, including maize, beans, and bananas.

In a report published last week, the scientists say that 30 per cent of African farmland currently growing maize and bananas and a full 60 per cent of farmland used to grow beans won’t support these crops by the end of the century.

The study’s lead author says the research is important because it establishes a timeline for solving the problem. He says that solutions can be as simple as changing the types of crops grown in a particular place, or improving irrigation in a region.

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Photo: A Zimbabwean farmer holds a stunted maize cob in his field outside Harare. Credit: Reuters