Speaking at the U.S.-Africa Summit earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry had a bit of astonishing advice for African leaders. While noting that Africa faces a starvation problem, he also admonished its leaders not to create more farms or farmland.

The reason? Adding more farms would contribute to global warming.

"Certain agricultural processes can actually release carbon pollution and actually contribute to the problem in the first place. It's a twisted circle. Always complicated. But we also know that there are certain ways to change that.


For example, rather than convert natural areas to new farmland, a process that typically releases significant amounts of carbon pollution, we can, instead, concentrate our efforts on making existing farmlands more productive.

While Kerry's intentions seem to be greater farm efficiency, the fact remains that nearly 1 out of every 4 people in sub-Sahara Africa suffer from chronic hunger.


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