#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

#512 — Confronting AIDS in Africa

Orga, the first woman under anti-retrovial treatment at NTASEKA Clinic with her (HIV negative) daughter. “I was almost dead, but God has used FWA to give me back life.”      This Report from Kenya explains what is needed to deal with HIV/AIDS in Africa. It is commonly assumed that the introduction of free (to the patient) anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs is READ MORE

#510 — Such a Time of It They Had

They [the health workers covered in the book] all knew what was obvious: that the practice of medicine extends beyond the body, that disease cannot be addressed in silo, apart from the environment and its people. They are all looking beyond the body for the causes of the disease and beyond the pharmacy for the solutions. And many of the READ MORE

#509 — HROC with South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

HROC participants during a workshop. TRAUMA HEALING TRAINING WITH SOUTH SUDANESE URBAN REFUGEES AND HOST COMMINITY IN NORTHERN UGANDA. By Emmanuel Ocayotoo, HROC-Uganda and Peter Serete, TCSC I wanted to kill myself and my four children. Listening to others’ loss in this training, I feel like giving myself another chance. South Sudanese refugee.      Uganda is now sheltering over a READ MORE