Almost half of the world’s extreme poor live in sub-Saharan Africa. The vast majority work in agriculture.
Kanjoo is a farming community because of its nutrient rich soil. The main crops sold are maize, beans, potatoes, vegetables (kales, tomatoes, spinach, onion, among others), French beans, yams, coffee, bananas, avocado, mango, tea, and papaya. However, Miraa is the most profitable and therefore the crop in most production.
The main challenge for farmers is a lack of access to water and irrigation including knowledge of how to increase yields for larger profit margins.
- To assess and review local farming practices, including the types of crops grown in the given conditions
- To assess and review the availability and use of water and irrigation
- To reduce poverty by helping farmers produce larger yields and increase their incomes without needing more land.
The Hummingbird Initiative is in touch with Farm Africa (www.farmafrica.org) to carry out a survey of farming practices in Kanjoo. This is the first stage. We will keep updating this page with progress reports as we go along.
The following TED talks are an interesting listen in relation to Farming in Eastern Africa: