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Africa: What will we eat in the future?

JOHANNESBURG, 17 June 2009 (IRIN) - It will take at least ten years to develop a variety of staple grain that will survive in the climates caused by global warming in most parts of Africa, and the continent has less than two decades in which to do it, warn the authors of a new study.

"The countries have to start developing varieties now, but many of these countries don't have breeding programmes," said Luigi Guarino, one of three authors of a study to be published on 19 June in the US journal, Global Environmental Change. "This study, we hope, at least raises the flag."


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After Niger, rich countries ignore southern Africa food crisis: Oxfam

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 7 (AFP) - British-based aid agency Oxfam criticised rich countries on Thursday for failing to heed warnings of a Niger-like food crisis that could affect 10 million people in southern Africa.
"Niger was forecast six months in advance, yet rich countries did almost nothing until the 11th hour. People died as a direct result," said Oxfam's regional coordinator for southern Africa Neil Townsend.

"Now there is an impending crisis in southern Africa... If rich countries wait, once again, until TV crews

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