Young Zambian agronomist looks to yams for success

A Zambian agronomist believes growing yams can spur sustainable food security. Davis Mulenga finds out more. Lamsen Nkhata (25) remembers the first time he really thought about growing yam as a cash crop. With a bachelor’s degree in agro forestry from Zambia’s Copperbelt University (CBU), Nkhata visited Israel 5 years…

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Yams for Africa – why you should plant this tuber in your garden

Monoculture cropping, by its nature, exposes communities and makes them vulnerable to the dire consequences of crop failure. Drought, floods and disease can cause crop wipe-out and spell bankruptcy and hunger for farmers and their families and reduced food security for the country. As one Zambian agriculturalist puts it: “Monoculture…

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