Smallholder farming is a proven path out of poverty, but climate change is changing the rules

A farmer sifts through corn harvested from hybrid drought-resistant maize seed on her smallholder farm in Kenya.
A farmer sifts through corn harvested from hybrid drought-resistant maize seed on her smallholder farm in Kenya. ©Gates Archive/Alissa Everett

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