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Legumes: a climate-smart option to address Africa’s dependence on costly food imports 

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Resource ID

18757

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Climate change and Dryland stresses, Seed systems, Nutrition

Crops

Grain legumes, Chickpea

Systems

Farming Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

26 Feb 21

Title

Legumes: a climate-smart option to address Africa’s dependence on costly food imports

Keywords

African Agriculture, Chickpea, Covid-19, Hunger and Malnutrition, Legumes, Climate change, Micronutrients, Tropical Legumes

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

West & Central Africa program, Theme: Crop improvement

Author/Key contact

Dr Christopher Ochieng Ojiewo

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1895-4, 26 February 2021

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/legumes-a-climate-smart-option-to-address-africas-dependence-on-costly-food-imports/

Description

According to the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to double (to an estimated 265 million) the number of people without access to nutritious food, heightening the risk of malnutrition, hunger and social unrest in the near future. But the deeper truth of the matter is that Covid-19 only acts as an early warning system for problems that the continent will inevitably face as a result of the looming crisis that is climate change. In reality, sub-Saharan Africa’s growing dependence on food imports leaves it uniquely exposed during periods of global uncertainty and disruption, making its overwhelmingly poor population vulnerable to food shortages and sudden price hikes.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

26 Feb 21

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