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Cacti, Credit Throw Brazil's Drought-parched Farmers a Lifeline

Farming in the Jacuipe Basin of Brazil's parched northeast has never been easy. But rising temperatures and a halving of rainfall over the decades mean it now rarely pays. "Everybody is saying the climate is changing (and) it's getting more difficult to produce," said Daniele Cesano, a renewable energy developer whose business interests have taken a twist: trying to make cows and cacti pay in a warming world. Cesano works with more than 100 struggling farmers in the...

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