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US to tap traditional African crops to solve food insecurity

The US is launching a new initiative to identify and invest in climate adaptation for Africa's most nutritious crops in a bid to deal with growing hunger on the continent.

The programme, announced by the US State Department together with the United Nations's Food and Agriculture Organisation and the African Union on Wednesday, will seek to identify crops in Africa's five sub-regions that have historically not attracted research and investment. It will also assess how they will be affected by extreme climates.

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