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Innovation: Poultry, dairy goats and crop variation avert drought

 

That we are in a season of drought in Kenya, with food shortage experienced countrywide, is not news any more.

Lack of most basic commodities, such as maize flour, sugar and milk, has led to moments of panic across the country, with the government stepping in to subsidise prices of maize flour.

However, for shrewd, small-scale farmers such as Edward Ouko, known in the community as Eddy, the effects of the drought have bypassed their homes. He has learnt to farm other crops successfully, thanks to advocacy efforts and community groups that work together to encourage farmers.

For communities in Busia and Kisumu, growing alternative crops enables them to make a living and meet their family needs. Their efforts are now bearing fruit, as they get bounty harvests and surplus for sale.

That we are in a season of drought in Kenya, with food shortage experienced countrywide, is not news any more. Lack of most basic commodities, such as maize flour, sugar and milk, has led to moments of panic across the country, with the government stepping in to subsidise prices of maize flour. However, for shrewd, small-scale farmers such as Edward Ouko, known in the community as Eddy, the effects of the drought have bypassed their homes. He has learnt to farm other crops successfully, thanks to advocacy efforts and community groups that work together to encourage farmers. For communities in Busia and Kisumu, growing alternative crops enables them to make a living and meet their family needs. Their efforts are now bearing fruit, as they get bounty harvests and surplus for sale.  Read the rest of the article here.