East Africa Fighting Against Lethal Maize Disease
Threats to food security by disease out brakes are not new to East Africa; neither is it about to end if reports by farmers are anything to go by. A sustainable solution to this challenge however lies in crop diversity. Yet in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province farmers are yet to move away from over-dependence of maize as our staple food with devastating consequences.
My kids almost slept hungry,” says Ms. A year later, she decided to try again.
"I sold three cows and used the proceeds to plant maize in five more acres. Samoei, widow and mother of two children.
Her cries echo that of many farmers enduring the scourge of a fatal disease dubbed Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) in East Africa. The disease, first spotted in Kenya, has since been reported in Tanzania and Uganda.
"And the issue is, how far will it go this year? That’s why we need to urgently look for a solution," notes Dr.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Africa Science News Service