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While scientists and politicians in the developed world continue their tedious arguments about whether climate change is really happening, farmers in Africa have not only accepted it but are adjusting their entire lives to deal with rapid weather shifts brought on by global warming. Local environmental groups have been tracking dramatic seasonal changes in Benin, Kenya and Malawi, nations with a lot of farmland that have traditionally relied primarily on rain to irrigate crops. Now the rainy season is no longer adequate, and farmers have come up with some solutions that aren't in the Kyoto Protocols.


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Farmers in all three countries said they have suffered from an increasing shortage of surface water. Wild swings in the weather, between persistent drought and torrential floods, have also been reported . . . Everhart Nangoma, one of the case study researchers at the European Union offices in Blantyre, says farmers in Malawi now spend more on expensive, fast-growing varieties. They also plant a minimum of two crops in their gardens to ensure at least some harvest.


Others are banding together to create DiY rainwater harvesting tanks, while still others are "switching from wheat and potatoes to quick-maturing crops such as beans and maize." Many have begun planting inside forests.

African Farmers Adjusting to Climate Change [Scidev]

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