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One of the reasons why agriculture in Africa has been lagging behind the rest of the world is because small-scale farmers are often reluctant to adopt better but unfamiliar practices. How can this cycle be broken? This article looks at two contrasting responses to adaptation – one in Ghana and one in Benin – and the impact they have produced.
Rice has replaced maize as the favourite staple in many West African countries, but low crop yields mean that a substantial volume of the grain has to be imported at the cost of billions of dollars.