Herbicides Can Boost African Agriculture

The prospect of performing hand weeding has prompted many young Africans to turn away from farming. That's the reason herbicides are a blessing to African agriculture, suggests Leonard Gianessi, director of CropLife Foundation's Crop Protection Research Institute. Gianessi expects the technology to create new services and therefore generate jobs.

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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.

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