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Malawian subsistence farmer Simon Sikazwe stands beside communal maize fields in Dowa near the capital Lilongwe, February 3, 2016. Late rains in Malawi threaten the staple maize crop and have pushed prices to record highs. About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought exacerbated by an El Niño weather pattern, according to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

Smarter farming could cut hunger in drought-hit Southern Africa — researchers

Too few resources are available to educate the continent’s farmers 
about potential solutions to their problems

Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say. That is in part because government agricultural extension services, which offer training and advice to farmers, have too few agents, according to