12/12/2016 15:35 SAST | Updated 20/02/2017 10:11 SAST

Food Crops That Have Adapted To Climate Change Hold The Key To Food Security

Agriculturalist John Nzira says his focus is small-scale farmers because they produce more than 70 percent of food in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the hills near Thohoyandou, women farmers belonging to a group called the Mupo collective save maize varieties — red cobs, yellow, black, white and cobs that had all four colours on them — from year to year. The special skills needed to grow maize for seed collection were introduced to the women by agricultural trainer John Nzira. He taught them how to assess the moisture content in the kernels to prevent the seeds rotting, how to prevent insects biting the kernels, and how to weigh freshly shelled seeds in their hands. In this video, Nzira explains why he focuses on small-scale farmers.

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