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  • We rely on rain fed agriculture rather than irrigation as we want to avoid high energy prices. Some months it is too dry to support growing crops.
  • We are mainly subsistence farmers but sometimes we experience a 'hunger season'
  • Extreme weather, pests and diseases, and long term hot temperatures all cause difficulties
  • In central Tanzania, the rainy season typically lasts from November through April, after which the weather becomes too dry to support growing crops.
  • In good years, farmers have enough grain left over to sell as income, but when crops fail, families often experience an annual “hunger season,” a time of meal skipping and substitution until the next harvest.
  • - In 2016, farmers in Eastern and Southern African saw the most severe drought in decades, which dramatically reduced harvests and left many families hungry. - Changes in temperatures and moisture conditions can allow crop diseases and pests to migrate into new areas. - Average global temperatures are expected to rise over the coming decades, which could lead to desertification and smaller harvests in Sub-Saharan Africa. If global temperatures increase by 4 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, maize yields in some African countries would probably decline by more than 20 percent, according to a study published last year.
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