The importance of security crops

    | October 19, 2009

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    Our news story from Malawi illustrates how difficult life can be for cash crop farmers who are unable to sell their harvest. Other hardships, such as illness, death in the family, or conflict, can also cause great difficulty for farmers who have no other source of food.

    This week’s script tells the fictional story of two sisters, Suad and Salma. Both sisters are hardworking farmers, but choose to plant different crops. While Salma planted only coffee, Suad was more cautious. We learn the steps Suad took to diversify her crops, and how “security crops” provided for her family when tragedy struck.

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