Aug 2, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Water availability is the most critical factor for sustaining crop productivity in rainfed agriculture. Even if a drought-tolerant trait is introduced, water isn't available to crops when there is no water in the soil. Rainfall variability from season to season greatly affects soil water availability to crops, and thus pose crop production risks.

HarvestChoice cofounders and principal investigators Stanley Wood and Philip Pardey discuss our mission, our data challenge, and four signature aspects of our innovative approach to more productive and profitable farming in Sub-Saharan Africa.