Communities that live and work in African woodlands must become central to conservation efforts.
In Kenya, rising water levels in lakes along the Great Rift Valley have forced thousands of people from their homes, submerging huge areas of farmland. Schools, hospitals, roads and water pipes have been destroyed. Crucially, there is a real fear that Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria, one fresh and the other saline, will contaminate each other. Ferdinand Omondi writes about this threat of an ecological disaster.
Yet again, the people of Kano are facing the humiliation of lining up to receive relief food, having abandoned their homes due to the flooding that is exposing them to untold hardship, a recurring scourge that is, in their view, more deadly than COVID-19.
This is the journal of the journeys of a Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) team studying natural resource management in Marsabit District. Our mission - to assess environmental degradation, and how sedentarisation may be contributing to desertification around settlements and on the range.
Only a vast improvement in the lives of the majority of Kenyans will ultimately produce a more secure future for the country’s wildlife.
In this final part of a three-part series, PAUL GOLDSMITH traces the rise and fall of the lowland-coastal regions of East Africa and the Horn and examines why water management in these regions exemplifies the imbalance between the centre and the periphery. He argues that the Kenyan government’s failure to adopt indigenous knowledge and technological innovations has resulted in white elephant projects that have done little to solve the country’s water crisis.
The concept of bottled water being safer than tap water has been ingrained in people’s minds. From being status symbols of sorts, bottled water is now a necessity in many households. But as STELLAR MURUMBA reveals, bottled water is not as safe as we think it is.
On 12th May 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the National Tree Planting Day under the slogan “Panda Miti, Penda Kenya”. It was another of those Jubilee-ese slogans that ring hollow. The event took place in Kamkunji sub-county at the Moi Forces Academy in the Eastlands part of Nairobi. This was the government’s knee-jerk response to […]
“Is that air you’re breathing now?” Morpheus asks Neo in the 1990s cult classic, The Matrix. The same question could be asked of millions of Kenyans for whom the quality of what they inhale on a daily basis has for too long been taken for granted. In May 2016, I was part of a team […]