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New African academy to nurture nutritious "orphan" crops

By Maina Waruru | Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:38 PM
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NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gathoni Mwangi, a 78-year-old widow from Ngamba village in central Kenya, will never forget 2010. That was the year both the long and short rains failed as drought hit the Horn of Africa.

The maize Mwangi had planted on her one-acre plot withered away, leaving her barely able to feed her five orphaned grandchildren. What fodder she could give her two cows was scarcely ...

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