I find this quite alarming – a fungal infection called “wheat rust” is wreaking havoc in the wheat fields of Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Iran and Yemen. This could potentially decimate a major staple grain if it hits places like China and India. Much of the work that Norman Borlaug had done was on wheat rust however resistance has set in and is of course, more lethal. The fungal infection is now itself mutating – with seven being classified. It is clear that if we ever want our world to be more food secure, we have to 1) invest in agriculture research 2) depend less on these major staple crops for livelihoods and food and 3) diversify, diversify, diversify.
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