Sow­ing the Seeds of a Farm Boom in Africa

For­eign In­vest­ment ▶ Big Ag takes on prob­lems like cli­mate change and food spoilage ▶ “Po­ten­tial for Africa to feed its vi­brantly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion”

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Focus On / Agricultur­e -

The 48 coun­tries that make up sub-sa­ha­ran Africa have in­creas­ingly acute food needs as cli­mate change turns the re­gion’s grow­ing sea­sons more arid. The drought now dev­as­tat­ing south­ern and East Africa, which threat­ens 50 mil­lion peo­ple with famine, is just the start, cli­mate fore­cast­ers say. The World Bank projects that, given present trends, about 40 per­cent of the land used to grow corn in sub-sa­ha­ran Africa will no longer be suit­able for cur­rent va­ri­eties by 2030.

Mon­santo says it has part of the so­lu­tion. On small plots of land in

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