Control Weeds to Fight Famine in Africa

Published on 3rd October 2011

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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