CALL FOR HEALTHIER, MORE RESILIENT FARMING
The government in Kenya has declared the current drought a national disaster, and the cities of Machakos and Kitui are two of the hardest hit. Over the past two years, the Food For Life (FFL) team has encouraged governments and donors to invest in ecological farming as a means of building resilience. This call has largely fallen on deaf ears, with governments choosing instead to invest money in food aid, and in the failed model of Industrial Agriculture.
The drought has had a profound impact on both local farmers, with continued poor yielding harvests, as well as on consumers who are battling rising food prices met by stagnant incomes. Farmers, equipped with climate resilience knowledge, ecological farming techniques and methods, have fared better in the face of the drought, compared to those who have adopted an Industrial Agriculture mode of farming.
It is for this reason that Greenpeace Africa provides on-farm-aid to small scale farmers. Rather than in the form of food, aid is provided in knowledge and techniques to improve resilience at a ground level.
It is for this reason that Greenpeace Africa provide on-farm aid to small scale farmers, not in the form of food, but rather knowledge and techniques to improve resilience at farm level.
Through our Food For Life campaign, farmers who have dealt well through the drought are now ‘paying-it-forward’ from generation to generation and teaching other farmers how to mitigate the effects of drought. Farmers receive training on different aspects of ecological farming such as intercropping, diversification, composting, agro-ecology and water harvesting.
The effects of climate change are seen not only through debilitating drought, but extreme weather patterns in general, including recurring flash floods. Healthy ecosystems are able to mitigate the effects of floods and droughts, however, deforestation through illegal logging upsets this balance and has continued to threaten the livelihoods of millions of Kenyans who depend on the forest.
Restoring Kenya’s natural forests and water catchment areas are two examples of effective solutions to manage water availability and quality. In on-the-ground efforts towards environmental rehabilitation, reforestation and water security, Greenpeace Africa volunteers in partnership with local community organisation, Small Axe, work hand-in-hand to organise regular tree planting operations, and river clean-ups to clear catchment areas of harmful plastic waste.
In on-the-ground efforts towards environmental rehabilitation and reforestation, Greenpeace Africa in partnership Small Axe plants bamboo and eucalyptus seedlings in the area of the Gatharaini River, Kiyambu District.