What African farmers and processors have to say

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) estimates that COVID-19 pandemic risks food insecurity and nutrition of 50 million people between June and August 2020. The pandemic adds to other threats including climate change and recurrent drought as well as Fall armyworm (FAW) and locust infestations in West Africa. Agathe Diama, Head of Regional Information at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in West and Central Africa, spoke to farmers and other agricultural stakeholders in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal about the impact that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has had and their concerns regarding the 2020-2021 cropping season.