Eliminating hand weeding can improve living conditions in rural Africa. Because farmers are no longer too tied to the land, they can engage in other economic activities that boost incomes, says Leonard Gianessi, director of CropLife Foundation's Crop Protection Research Institute. Herbicides, he argues, can help make that happen.

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  • Rahilla Zafar

    Rahilla Zafar served as a former Devex fellow in Washington, D.C., from April to July 2008 after returning from Afghanistan, where she worked for the International Organization for Migration and the NATO-led mission. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian and Knowledge@Wharton. Rahilla has a bachelor's in public policy from DePaul University and a master's in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics.