Illustration by Movin.
Illustration by Movin.
The government is criminalising Kenyan farmers and leaving the country’s food security at the mercy of multinational corporations.
The future of farming in Kenya counties, whether in knowledge sharing, collaborations, funding, or market access primarily lies in the farmer’s abilities to harness the respective strengths of the available and emerging Disruptive Agricultural Technologies. As the tech-platforms become cheaper, more available and affordable farmers yield and fortunes will likely inch upwards.
As frequent droughts and famines wreak havoc and the ravages of climate change are felt, nomadic herders have had to rethink their economic livelihoods.
Between 2013 and 2020 flooding has reduced the distance between Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo from 23 kilometres to 8 Kilometres. Scientists estimate the two lakes might merge within the next decade. Meanwhile, the Suswa fault lines split and caused major damage to critical road and rail infrastructure. What does this mean for the future of Rift Valley, its lakes, fault lines, and those who live close to its lakes, geysers, and faults? Dr Charles Gichaba joins our senior producer Joe Kobuthi to explore the implications of an increasingly geologically active Rift Valley which runs right through the country from north to south.
Food losses in Africa occur close to the farm-end of the chain. Halving them would significantly impact food availability, affordability, and malnutrition among the poor.
The recent developments on GMOs in Kenya, despite the ban and lack of public understanding demand critical dissection and analysis. What is their history? Evolution? Usage? Legalities? Health concerns? Public reactions? Future possibilities? The new technology dubbed ‘not GMOs’ – gene drives, power (inspired by Human Nature) is a new spanner in the seed engineering scientific breakthrough. Writer and researcher Githaka explains how these developments beginning from the 1970s and the democratization of seeds are shaping modern food realities locally.
You may not know it but you’ve probably been ingesting carcinogenic, mutagenic and neurotoxic chemicals along with your ugali, sukuma wiki and kachumbari.