Agriculture Report – In DRC, a Solution to Crop Thefts?

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Agriculture Report - In DRC, a Solution to Crop Thefts

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in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of are protecting against crop theft in an unusual way. farmers are growing crops that are less likely to stolen. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says the past year many farmers have started to grow crops. Guillaume Kahomboshi is a food security expert with FAO in Goma. He says small farmers think the that break out at harvest time may just be excuse to steal their crops. Mr. Kahomboshi notes that of the people in Rutshuru, a territory near Uganda, starting to grow soybeansThe expert suggests this is because are not good to eat until they have been and milled. He says the armed groups want food is ready to eat. In addition, there is good for soybeans in Uganda for making biscuits and other foods. Farmers in Masisi, another war-stricken territory in Uganda, switching to growing cassava. Franck Muke is an agronomist Goma University. He agrees that soybeans are less likely be stolen. But he is not so sure about , which is called manioc in Congo. He says cassava more of a risk because it is a staple . Cassava is not necessarily easy to steal. But it easily destroyed. The non-governmental organization Concern spoke with people villages in Masisi. The group reports that there was theft of cassava than of other crops. Years of and ethnic conflict in parts of eastern Congo have communities there. This means villagers' crops are as likely be stolen by their neighbors as by the armed . For VOA Learning English, I'm Carolyn Presutti.



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