#522 — HIV+ Children

Progress at the building site for the Maternity Ward. Introduction by Dave Zarembka: Among the many issues that HIV/AIDS has brought, the fate of children born HIV+ is often neglected. “At the end of 2015, 2.6 million children throughout the world ages 15 and younger were living with the virus, but only about one-third of them were getting treatment (WebMD).” READ MORE

#521 — Peacemaking Lesson from Football (Soccer)

Playing football in the Dukire Tubane Project By Elie Nahimana, Coordinator Innovations in Peacemaking — Burundi The chief of Kamenge zone (woman in yellow dress) with the assistant to the Bujumbura Catholic Bishop (on left) launch a football match opposing Ngagara, Cibitoke and Kamenge zones in Bujumbura. Introduction: The peacemaking Quakers in Burundi have always been very creative in using READ MORE

#520 — Physical Constraints to Farming

Part X: Benefits of Small Scale Farming in Kenya Three weeks ago we had a tremendous hail storm here in Lumakanda. Notice in the picture above of banana trees that some of the older leave have been shredded by the hail with new leaves like the one on the bottom left are intact. Update: Transforming Community for Social Change has READ MORE

#519 — My Qualifications

Part IX: Benefits of Small Scale Farming in Kenya      I just started writing these Reports from Kenya on “Benefits of Small Scale Farming in Kenya” without any grand plan. As I have continued, people have suggested additional topics and I have added more myself. Some readers have encouraged me to assemble and edit these postings into a booklet. This READ MORE

#518 — Coffee

A farmer tends to her coffee plants. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP A discussion on coffee growing in Kenya is useful to understand the problems of small scale farmers. Coffee is not grown here near Lumakanda, but it used to be grown in Gladys’ home area near Chavakali and it is still grown on the slopes of Mt. Elgon READ MORE

#517 — Animals

Part VII: Benefits of Small Scale Farming in Kenya This is a cow owned by one of our neighbors. Notice that the cow is tied up and is eating grass along the roadside. This is a very common practice. Unfortunately this does not allow the cow to produce much milk. We do what is called “zero grazing” in that we READ MORE

#514 — Constraints on Small Scale Farmers

Part IV: Benefits of Small Scale Farming in Kenya Farmer in Kabaune village, Kenya, plowing his field with oxen. Photo: P. Casier / CGIAR via Flickr. What are the constraints on small scale farmers in Kenya from being more productive? Here are some of the main blocks to enhanced productionGovernment neglect: The Kenyan government, like most governments throughout the world READ MORE