The youth who raised the dead land
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“We had a very bad time. We can get to sowing four times without results ”, complain some Kenyan farmers. Why does not it rain. Many people have given up hope of making their crops flourish and have abandoned them. Around 1.8 million Kenyans live in arid and semi-arid rural areas, a scenario where the land does not provide the necessary food, mainly due to low rainfall and the absence of modern agricultural techniques. The direct consequence is that these people end up facing severe food insecurity.
But a very old technique has come to the rescue of the peasants of this region. It is about irrigation. In this corner of Kenya, it is a novelty. This report from African Slum Journal tells how a non-profit organization called Dadreg is helping farmers by introducing this new technology so that women and young people, mainly, can get more out of their fields. “Irrigation is good because we didn’t know that we could plant plants like these and that they would grow. Now we have discovered that they can grow here ”, says one of the beneficiaries. Since they have been using it, cabbages, watermelons, tomatoes and cabbage have sprouted. Even bananas.
And, in addition to organizing training courses, teaching how to deworm animals and even scare off the savages that destroy crops, such as hippos, the project generates local employment. “Many people wonder how a young person can be interested in agriculture. Well, I tell him that it is better because now I work for myself ”, proudly comments one of the protagonists who has obtained a job thanks to this initiative.