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Organic farm in Benin sows example for Africa

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June 24, 2014
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With his pilgrim's staff and Panama hat, Father Godfrey Nzamujo nips up and down the paths of Songhai, the organic farm he created nearly 30 years ago as a tool against poverty and rural migration in Africa. Duration: 02:21 Video provided by AFP


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