Adapted seeds: The missing link in the fight against drought

Over seventy-five women small holder farmers huddle excitedly inside a classroom at Mafeha Primary School during a recent seed fair in Bulilima district in the patched Matebeland South province while they await results of a small grain competition. To calm the nerves, the farmers break into song and dance. The day is such a happier affair for them. Besides walking away with prizes – for those that won, the farmers acquired new variety lines of small grains. That’s the whole purpose of the seed fair – to give the farmers an opportunity to showcase, share seeds, and exchange knowledge...

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