In this opinion piece, Daniel Bornstein ’14 discusses farming in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the need for investing in “orphan crops” such as sweet potatoes to help improve local nutrition and the livelihood of small-scale farmers.
Having recently visited small farms in Kenya, Bornstein writes, “Many say that while decades ago their families grew a diverse array of crops valuable for local nutrition, nowadays they have largely shifted to maize production because of its promising global and local market opportunities.”
Bornstein adds, “Both international and country-level research will have to work on improving the productivity of locally-valuable crops, departing from a longstanding focus on major staple crops.”
The Christian Science Monitor notes that Bornstein is an intern with the World Agroforestry Center, which is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
Read the full op-ed, published 8/6/12 by The Christian Science Monitor.