Breeding for Climate Change

(Photo: Bernard Pollack)

In recent years, devastating droughts in sub-Saharan Africa have reduced yields of maize, a staple food crop for more than 300 million people on the continent. But an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard Buffet Foundation hopes to make two new varieties of drought-tolerant corn—one conventionally bred and one genetically modified—available to farmers, royalty-free. Scientists, funders, and policymakers who support the initiative expect genetically modified crops to play an even bigger role in coming years to alleviate global hunger. What do you think?

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