Mali farmers adopt short-season crop as rainfall shifts

AlertNet: Mariam Coulibaly surveys the leaves of groundnuts growing in the fields outside her village. The crop is a traditional one in this west African country, but the seed variety is not. "We no longer grow tikaba (a traditional variety of groundnut)... It has disappeared from our region,' Coulibaly says. Shifting patterns of rainfall, likely associated with climate change, have shortened the rainy season in Mali to no more than three months. But the old groundnuts took four months to grow, which......

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