From Drought to Green Revolution? Malawi’s—and Africa’s—Quest for Food Security

Women and children separate grain from soil, Machinga, Malawi, May 24, 2016 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).
Women and children separate grain from soil, Machinga, Malawi, May 24, 2016 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

Driving along central Malawi’s M5 lakeshore highway in mid-2016, a visitor could be forgiven for mistaking the surrounding countryside for desert. In what should have been an area lush from rains ending in April, the land of gently sloping hills, baobab trees and fiery sunsets was parched. Although the road meandered past some signs of greenery—mango trees, tobacco fields, irrigated sugar cane for export—the dust that stretched to the horizon did little to mask that Malawi, like much of eastern and southern Africa, is in crisis. Hit by the strongest El Nino in a generation, which disrupted rainfall patterns, ruined […]

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