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“I nearly lost everything this year, when my rice farm almost collapsed during an unprecedented drought.” Mrs. Sacca has been farming rice for the past seven years on her two one-hectare plots of lowland near N’Dali, north-east of Benin. The rice she grows is the main source of subsistence for her family. On a good year, she can generate enough revenue from her rice sales to pay her children’s school fees and to keep her family clothed, fed and housed. “It was a close call! The rains were late on one of my two rice furrows, which are 5km apart.