Control Weeds to Fight Famine in Africa
Striga weed costs Sub Saharan Africa an estimated $1 billion USD worth of losses and negatively affects the livelihoods of over 100 million people (Dfid.uk.gov; accessed September 29, 2011). Parasitism by Striga can cause yield losses of up to 40% to complete crop failure (African Union; accessed September 29, 2011). Fifteen countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa account for 95% of the continent's Striga infested fields.
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