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War on crop disease yields a better diet

December 17, 2010

"In Bunyakiri, a region of 150,000 people where Mr Kamunono’s hamlet of Miowy is situated, four in five plots are affected by the mosaic virus, according Action Against Hunger/ACF International, an anti-malnutrition charity and beneficiary of the Financial Times’ seasonal appeal.

Since August last year ACF has distributed 618,000 metres of mosaic-resistant bulbs, almost equivalent to the distance from Brussels to Berlin. But only about 10 per cent of the area’s land is planted with them, estimates Jean-Paul Nshombo, assistant head of ACF’s local food security programme."

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