#528 — Large Scale Farming in Kenya

Part XVI: Benefits of Small Scale Farming in Kenya A large international tea estate near Kericho, Kenya. This land was taken from the Kipsigis under a 99 year lease which has just been renewed for another 99 years. The tea companies control 800,000 acres of land and employ 60,000 workers. Tea is Kenya’s largest export crop.  Kenya is a large READ MORE

#527 — Machakos District: What Works.

A current picture of the Mua Hills. Notice the terraced fields on the right side and the artificial pond in the foreground. Since this is a semi-arid region with frequent droughts, all possible measures are needed to conserve water. _____________________________________________ Please donate on Giving Tuesday, November 27, to the programs in East Africa as GlobalGiving will be giving a bonus READ MORE

#526 — The Local Market

Fruits and vegetables available in one of the kiosks in Lumakanda. The purpose of commercial farming is to sell the harvest to outsiders to secure income and profit. An additional purpose for export crops such as coffee, tea, and cut flowers is to earn foreign exchange for the country. Government officials, economists, and development experts love export crops and promote READ MORE

#525 — The Man with a Hoe

L’homme à la houe by French painter, Jean-Francois Millet (1863). I hope I don’t have to point out the extremely negative depiction this painting gives of the small scale farmer. My grandfather, Frank Zarembka, was of Polish peasant background. The word “peasant” is usually used pejoratively as it means “a poor smallholder or agricultural laborer of low social status (chiefly READ MORE

#524 — What Not to Do, Two Examples

American mechanization on the Dominion Farm’s rice fields. Notice the small scale farms on the hill in the distance. There are so many cases of grand agricultural schemes in East Africa that promised the moon, but ended in collapse that I can only cover two in this Report from Kenya – Dominion Farm and the Galana Kulalu Irrigation Scheme. Dominion READ MORE