International Community Must Empower African Farmers In Order To Protect Global Food Security
Los Angeles Times: African farmers need the tools and technology to adapt to a changing climate
Esther Ngumbi, research scientist at Auburn University in Alabama and 2015 Aspen New Voices Fellow
“…Across Africa and the globe, farmers need tools and technologies that will enable them to adapt to a changing climate. When those resources are available, people can be spared the worst effects of drought — and continue to eat. … To protect the most vulnerable farmers and consumers and to ensure global food security amidst a changing climate, farmers must be empowered to create agricultural solutions that correspond to their own local realities. … African farmers must be able to understand climate-related impacts on their crops, be part of developing tools to adapt to a changing climate, and have access to a full suite of tools to strengthen their resilience. … It is time for citizens, governments, universities, and private partners to join together to empower smallholder farmers with the tools they need to navigate the climate challenges ahead” (5/6).