Australia to Boost Food Security in Eastern, Southern Africa

Dried-up farms are common in Kenya and several other African countries hit by years of drought. A new AusAid program seeks to help affected farmers in east and southern Africa improve their productivity. Photo by: luigig / CC BY 2.0 luigigCC BY 2.0

Five countries in eastern and southern Africa are expected to  benefit from AusAID’s new food security program worth 20 million Australian dollars (USD18 million). The program seeks to boost crop production and open up more market opportunities for farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. It includes support for the design, development and testing of drought-specific farming techniques, development of drought- and disease-tolerant legumes and maize, and training of farmers about new farming technologies and crop varieties.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.