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Niger - Chad: Is sustainable agriculture possible in the Sahel?

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With drought conditions chronic in the Sahel, many farmers give up trying to grow crops and head to towns and cities to find work. (..) But some agro-ecologists say governments, donors and farmers should not abandon agriculture in the Sahel, and despite being “very difficult”, with the right approaches, there is “huge potential” in natural regeneration, traditional irrigation methods, and simple alternatives such as crop diversification.