Madagascar’s farmers tackle drought with ‘pigeon peas’
06 May 2022 | 8:48 am
In Madagascar's south crops regularly fail due to drought and land erosion. For farmers like Kazy Zanapijo pigeon peas, a staple crop in India, are an answer.
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