Climate change and the adverse effects that go with it mean that farmers have to adapt their crops to get through the lean seasons. The lean season is the period before the next harvest when food supplies from the previous season run out. Drought and increased climatic hazards mean that stocks are depleted more quickly, making people more vulnerable to famine.
“We grow sweet potatoes, which help us a lot during the lean season. If we sell them, we can use the income to buy millet or rice. In years when groundnut harvests are poor, it’s growing sweet potatoes that helps us through these difficult times. For us, it’s an alternative solution to combat climate change.”
“In the off-season, we grow maize, sweet potatoes and beans, especially for their leaves. It’s this crop that enables us to combat the harmful effects of climate change on agriculture. We eat the produce from this off-season crop and sell some of it to buy condiments.”
“We grow them between the maize and millet plants. As soon as they reach maturity, we sell them at the market to buy basic necessities to get through the lean season. This is our solution to combat the effects of climate change.”
“This is millet, a selected variety known as the early variety because it has a very short vegetative cycle. It’s our plan B if the first sowings fail. We grow it in the lowlands and in the wetlands. It’s our solution for combating the harmful effects of climate change.”