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    Getting rid of harmful creepy crawlers

    Day 70

    Pest-y Business

    Bugs are a nuisance. For most of us, they’re just undesirable creepy crawlers. But for farmers in Annayo, pests can mean the difference between a bountiful harvest or a difficult one.

    The farmers told us how pests, especially insects, are affecting their yields, and how this problem has recently worsened due to changes to the climate.

    Not only do higher global temperatures mean that an increased number of pests are able to survive the winter or cold seasons, but changes in temperature are affecting the nutrition levels in leaves, forcing insects to eat more to get the same amount of nutrients.

    Pest management in Somalia has gotten much more difficult.

    One of the farmers, Ibrahim, spoke to us about his personal experiences with pest management problems in Annayo. “With climate change, pests – especially insects – have become much worse than in the past.”

    To help farmers tackle this problem, we purchased a large pesticide spray bottle for every farm in Annayo.

    Depending on their need, farmers can use the bottle to spray what we might think of as a standard pesticide, while others can use it to spray alternative forms of pest prevention. This allows the farmers to address their own problems as they see fit – a win all around.

    This change made possible by Mankind is My Business.

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