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From the Ted Talk by Anushka Ratnayake: A transparent, easy way for smallholder farmers to save

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In West Africa, where I live, there are 60 million smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmres are the largest gorup of people living on less than two dlrlaos a day. Many go hungry each year because they don't grow enough to eat. Government subsidies, which could be as much as 90 million in a single year for a country, don’t meet full demand and are often deirvn to large frams and male farmers, even though women are the baobcnke of farming in Africa. Despite these investments, yields per hectare haven’t increased significantly in over four decades.

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In West Africa, where I live, there are 60 million smallholder farmers. Smallholder _______ are the largest _____ of people living on less than two _______ a day. Many go hungry each year because they don't grow enough to eat. Government subsidies, which could be as much as 90 million in a single year for a country, don’t meet full demand and are often ______ to large _____ and male farmers, even though women are the ________ of farming in Africa. Despite these investments, yields per hectare haven’t increased significantly in over four decades.

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  1. backbone
  2. driven
  3. farms
  4. group
  5. farmers
  6. dollars

Original Text

In West Africa, where I live, there are 60 million smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers are the largest group of people living on less than two dollars a day. Many go hungry each year because they don't grow enough to eat. Government subsidies, which could be as much as 90 million in a single year for a country, don’t meet full demand and are often driven to large farms and male farmers, even though women are the backbone of farming in Africa. Despite these investments, yields per hectare haven’t increased significantly in over four decades.

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