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Adding Value to Cassava in Teso Region Western Kenya
January 24, 2013 11:15 AM PST
A crop that has been long known as food for the poor and a last resort during famine, has now become a high income generating food crop. Farmers Like Margaret Amusugut have learnt how to make flour, cassava chips, and other snacks from cassava through processing. Thanks to Farm Concern International which introduced cassava chipping machines to farmers. Through stakeholders like AGRA and KARI, research was done to come up with cassava varieties that resist pests and drought. Selling the dry chipped cassava as a group to industries, the farmers have the power to bargain for the better pay.Mama Mushroom
September 09, 2012 09:50 AM PDT
Joan Kimikoti is popularly known as mama Mushroom for her success as a mushroom farmer in malava kakamega county, Western Kenya. Since 2005 when mushroom growing was introduced in the area, Joan has become a millionare and has helped other farmers to change their livelihood by growing mushrooms. As a woman who doesnt have land, she used part of her house to start growing the mushroom.Episode 7 70 year old woman, changing lives in Rural Kenya.
April 08, 2012 08:48 AM PDT
A retired teacher and civil servant, Bertha Ambundo in her 70s, has seen poor girls get education, lame children being treated and local women earning money from farming.
September 15, 2011 06:17 AM PDT
I am glad to introduce to you ZETU MEDIA SERVICES my dream company that is now up and running. We are helping the talented musicians artists, performers and the communities achieve their dreams through music recording, video production, radio production, photography and theater.Our first album of eight songs has been mastered and is ready for launch. We are also offering piano and guitar lessons.Walking the Talk; Religious leaders demonstrate by planting trees
December 09, 2010 08:39 AM PST
A field trip about 50 kilometers from Kampala, was an exciting moment for the religious leaders to show cause for their call to addressing challenges affecting the world today. As the world gathers in Cancun, Mexico for the climate change meeting, Men and women of God were digging holes to plant trees in a farm belonging to one of the particiapnts in a four day training workshop for religious leaders, on Understanding climate change. Imam Kasozi from the Muslim faith, has planted hundreds of acres of trees in his farm in Kalule, Luwero district. The trip started from a tree nursery in Kakiri, Wakiso district, where district officials welcomed and addressed the religious leaders. Each participant was given free seedlings(fruit and trees) to take home.The training, funded by International Network for the Availability for Scientific Publications, INASP was aimed at empowering the religious leaders with skills to influence policies on climate change and science.Religious Leaders swear a climate change oath by dancing.
December 07, 2010 12:43 PM PST
Florence Nzambuli, a farmer from rural Mutomo in Kitui District of Kenya, has no scientific words for climate change. Young in her old age, Florence uses her body to demonstrate how mother earth has been deformed by mankind. She compares the current planet to a a badly damaged figure that has lost its beauty, shape, strength and colour as aresult of deforestation, global warming, disappearence of some animal species and now total chaos.
December 06, 2010 02:18 PM PST
'We share the globe, pagans, religious and others. But we have failed to appreciate that there is a problem'. Were the words of Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa attending a four day climate change workshop for religious leaders in Kampala.
Religious leaders workshop on climate change.
November 13, 2010 08:24 AM PST
High ranking religious leaders in Uganda will gather in Kampala from 5th-9th December 2010, to explore their role in addressing issues of climate change. Muslim, Catholic, Bahai, Anglican, SDA, and the protestants are brazing themselves for the serious training. Thanks to INASP-International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, that has funded the training. Expected to attend is Flora Nzambuli, from Kenya. She is a farmer who puts people on task of answering the question; To Whom does climate change belong to? Her presence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month, will never be regretted by all the participants. I will bring you daily podcasts of the workshop.Farmers Should Produce What they dont consume
November 12, 2010 09:40 AM PST
How can Africa be proud of a population of 9 billion people as market for small holder farmers, when actually most actors are looking at export market. The eating habits should be changed if this is to be a potential. For instance, the only bird eaten in Most parts of Ethiopia is chicken. Pig is a taboo. Some foods are regarded as food for the poor. Beans and maize meal are seen as food for schools, prisons and the poor. When i was growing, my uncle produced beetroots, radish, garlic among others for Asians in towns. it is only through learning that i find that most of these crops are very necessary for the healthy functioning of the body. If you are from a rural Africa village, you understand how mothers pick fruits and give them to children to take to the shops in exchange for bread or sugar. How eggs are sold to buy bread, and how milk is sold to buy tea leaves and the like instead of feeding the children to boost their immunity and fight malnutrition. If we only could change these habits, we will be a potential market for our own products. When i posed the question to Mr. Philip Kiriro, the president of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation. He gave me his positive answer. He was in Uganda attending the 5th Regional Development Briefings, a series of Development Briefing on ACP-EU development issues.
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