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Simple Food Storage Innovations Could Help Tanzanian Farmers Fight Hunger

**ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, DEC. 10** A farmer prepare water channels in his maize field, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in Ngiresi near th
**ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, DEC. 10** A farmer prepare water channels in his maize field, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in Ngiresi near the Tanzanian town of Arusha. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

Last year, Tanzania had exciting news: a bumper harvest of corn. But even as farmers were celebrating — corn is a staple eaten at almost every meal — much of the crop had already been spoiled, having grown moldy or been infested by insects and rodents.

The problem was that farmers lacked the capacity to store food safely. Even the government’s national reserve system had run out of space to hold the overflow.

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