agriculture

Helping Farmers Adapt to Climate Change in Niger

In Niger, Chaibou Alzouma now sees the truth in the timeless biblical lesson of Galatians 6:7:  You reap what you sow.

That was not always the case for this 57-year-old farmer who spends most days on his feet, working long hours under the scorching sun of West Africa. No matter how hard he worked, his crops—millet and sorghum—were limited by devastating droughts or encroaching desert sands.

Farmer-To-Farmer: Achieving Food Independence

Shea Belahi will not be held down by a corporate glass ceiling. In fact, she won't be held down by any ceiling: her office is the open sky. She is fiercely independent and, at age 30, she's her own boss—running her own farm.

"I didn't know what to do with my life. I liked gardening a lot," she says.

Shea now grows heirloom produce on a 1-acre plot in Illinois. Her vegetables, berries, melon and asparagus all started as open-pollinated seeds, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind.

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