Farmers Benefit from Having Nature Nearby, Research Shows

Farmers reap surprising benefits from having areas that are biodiverse  with many plant and animal species nearby, according to new research. A study finds that having diverse natural areas near agriculture helps farmers financially during droughts, and the more diverse the areas are, the better. Policies that preserve biodiversity near farms may ease economic pressure in places with severe droughts, the authors say."If you plant the same sort of crops next to a natural area that is very high in biodiversity versus one that's very low in biodiversity, [the positive...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Thursday, 11 July

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