Faina Butau prepares sorghum for grinding.

Zimbabwe’s farmers turn to drought-resistant grains as maize falters in drier regions

Climate Change

Zimbabwe has had to import maize, a staple food, for the past several years. Experts blame droughts and erratic rainfall resulting from climate change. The government is now urging farmers to grow more small grains like sorghum and millet, which are more drought-resistant.

Corn, or maize

The global corn crop is vulnerable to the effects of climate change

Climate Change
As the climate shifts, growing corn, a staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, could become increasingly difficult.

A shifting climate could mean trouble for one of Africa’s staple crops


Asian market in Missouri becomes hub of many different immigrant communities

French study raises questions about health effects of genetically modified corn


Experts say effects of U.S. drought likely to ripple across the globe


The effect of this summer’s drought in the United States may well be felt around the world soon. That’s because the U.S. is the world’s biggest corn exporter. As harvests fall and prices rise, many of world’s poor will feel the squeeze.

Farmers struggle as historic draught diminishes crop yields

More than half of the United States is in one of the worst droughts to hit America in recorded history. Farmers are among those who have suffered the most so far. But fewer crops means higher food prices for all Americans in the months ahead.

Chinese delegation signs huge soybean trade agreement with the U.S.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping along with several Chinese leaders visiting Iowa on Feb. 15 agreed to purchase $4.31 billion worth of U.S. soybeans from Iowa farms. China is expected to sign more deals with a total record purchase of 12 million tons of soybeans this year.

Flooding destroys crops, prices hit record high

As the waters recede in Iowa, farmers are looking at damaged crops that are driving corn and soybean futures to record levels.

Fueling the food crisis

From ‘Living on Earth’ — some agriculture experts say demand for ethanol is to blame for the global food crisis.