17 November 2015
The drought that may prevent many South African farmers planting this year could lead to food shortages and social unrest, and stall land redistribution
Hannes Geldenhuys, a burly farmer in South Africa’s Gauteng province, surveys his fields. At this time of year, they should be a green, thigh-high carpet of maize and soybean. Instead, all he sees is the decaying residue of his last crop: hectare upon hectare of brittle, yellowing stalks.
“Look, I’ve got goosebumps. In 40 years on the farm, from when I was a boy, I’ve never seen anything as bad,” he says.
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