A combination of factors, including the most abrupt change in West Africa’s weather in more than 40 years, is pushing farmers in parts of Niger further into hunger and poverty. From IRIN News:
MARADI/DIFFA, 3 March 2014 (IRIN) – Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses – chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds – which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty.
James Litzinger, an agricultural specialist studying how farmers use pesticides and fertilizers in Niger’s central Maradi Region, said there is an exponential yield loss when people face these compounded problems: “One [loss] plus one [loss] equals three,” he told IRIN.
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