Study found cash is best when tackling hunger caused by drought

by Thomson Reuters Foundation

Globally, there are about 460 to 500 million smallholder farmers, with limited resources in terms of labour and finance, relying only on rain-fed agriculture, a study said. [Photo: Brad Collis,CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Cash handouts are the best way to support smallholder farmers struggling due to drought, but for farmers experiencing wetter weather, agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides help most, a new study has found.