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Farmers race to innovate as climate change threatens African food supply

Katharine Houreld of The Washington Post reports on ways that African farmers are countering hunger.

The C3 Take
  • Drought, extreme weather, and a lack of international financing have impacted Africa’s agriculture sector and forced entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions to tackle this challenge.
  • EthioChicken is a company that helps small farmers acquire chickens which produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other animals and are easier to maintain than traditional crops.
  • Elsewhere on the continent, researchers are experimenting with new forms of drought resistant cassava, a staple food for 300 million people.

“The founders of EthioChicken, set up 13 years ago, hawked their first crop of chicks out of baskets strapped to motorbikes when a contract fell through. But now the company employs 1,600 people directly and 10,000 agents, and it has been boosted by investments from the World Bank’s private arm, the International Finance Corp.; and the Gates Foundation. The company projects that it will sell 35 million chicks this year and has expanded to five other countries under the umbrella Hatch Africa.”

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