Choosing crops for drought-prone areas

    | September 21, 2009

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    Some areas are more vulnerable to drought than others. Although the current drought in East Africa is particularly devastating, this is the fourth consecutive year that the region has suffered through drought. Those who monitor climatic changes suggest that such instances of extreme weather will be more common in the future.

    In times of drought, rural communities may be forced to rely on food assistance. But there are steps farmers can take before drought hits to improve their families’ food security. One of these steps is to diversify crops and choose drought-resistant crops. This week’s script discusses what it means for a crop to be “drought-resistant,” what sorts of crops carry this distinction, and why farmers should consider adding them to their fields.
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