A recent study suggests reintroducing wild crops to bolster food security, restore local ecosystems, and improve community health in desert regions.
Wild perennial crops, or wild plants that grow all year round, are very resilient to drought in Niger’s Zinder region. Rewild Earth has leveraged that resilience to improve food security for people that otherwise don’t have many food options.
A landscape of thorny agaves, cacti, mesquite trees, and rock is not the first place one might imagine searching for the future of food. How could such a hot, dry place contain some of the keys to nourishing the world?