Mary Rono used to fit the mold of the archetypal Kenyan dairy farmer. The 56 year old retired government social worker gone dairy farmer and full time mother, living in the village of Kibomet in Kenya’s Rift Valley, would milk the family’s herd of eight cows once a day. If an informal trader happened to pass by, she might sell the milk for a mere 18 shillings (or 22 cents) per liter. This, and the sale of vegetables from her garden, generated her only cash income.
Young women are transforming their lives through the Village-Based Advisor Program
October 9, 2012
“I missed whole school terms because there was no money to pay the fees," says 22-year old Dorcas Nyangasi, from Emuhaya, Western Kenya. "I saw my parents struggle and I wanted to reduce the burden on them. Like many young girls in the village, I thought about marriage as a way out,” she says. Now, thanks to an innovative agriculture program, Dorcas is successfully self-employed providing farm inputs and training to local farmers.
New potato variety resists disease in Nakuru, Kenya
October 4, 2012
Ruth Wanjiru, a farmer from Nakuru, tried to grow Irish potatoes for many years, but the crop failed to perform well on her farm. Eventually, she resorted to buying potatoes from the local market, to feed her family of four.
SOKOSHAMBANI's innovative approach to small-scale potato farming in Kenya is being featured this week at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF2012) which is being hosted by Dr. Kofi Annan in Arusha, Tanzania.
You may be Value Girls, but you’ve always been girls of value,” says Julie Gichuru, the face of Kenyan TV and among one of 20 African women named by Forbes magazine as shaping Africa. Julie is not talking to the high profile development executives, or the senior government officers that fill up the ballroom – she is talking to the Value Girls.
Meet the Sukuma Wiki Youth Group -- they're made kale their business. Check out the farmers in Bomet who are growing an improved variety of potatoes and selling them to a chips factory. Demand is up for chillies and passion fruit. Learn about this and more in the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness project report from the field.