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Cowpea: How to Make a Hardy Crop Even Tougher

The cowpea keeps millions of people fed every day—but with the climate crisis threatening production, scientists are finding ways to increase its yields and hardiness.

“The cowpea has nourished people for many centuries,” said Ousmane Boukar, a cowpea breeder working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria. “But now it needs a hand to ensure it can continue to be an unfailing friend even while the climate crisis is affecting production.”

Boukar, who developed a taste for cowpeas as a child growing up in Cameroon, is leading a project to unite the crop with its distant cousins in the wild to develop varieties that will be able to withstand the effects of climate change.

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