Kenya smallholder farmers defy climate chang

Kenya small scale farmersFrom MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – AN exhibition showcasing the inventiveness of some Kenya small-scale farmers amid the threats of climate change has begun at the historical Nairobi National Museum in Kenya.

Organised by the Greenpeace Africa and the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE), the once-off multimedia exhibition runs until Sunday.

The exhibition showcasing the works of ten farmers and entitled, “The Era of Resilience- the Journey of a Kenyan Farmer”, captures ecological farming practices by some of Kenya’s finest small-scale farmers responding to climate change.

The exhibition also features first -hand accounts and experiences by local farmers who will present their ‘wish list’ and solicit support to enable them to grow the farming sector and improve their livelihoods.

“As a farmer I can’t give up. I have to treat this farm, the way a
businessman does his business: he never gives up,” said a farmer, John Wambua.

ICE’s Programme Officer, Martin Muriuki, said ICE continued to work closely with farmers.

“This is the only way to create an ecological farming system with farmers at its center,” he added.

Greenpeace Africa Executive Director, Michael O’Brien Onyeka, said the exhibition was a positive move towards advancing the ecological farming movement not only in Kenya but also for the entire African continent.

“Local organisations and small scale farmers are joining forces to present thoughtful, modern farming methods based on age-old resilience techniques. This exhibition aims to present a future where the Kenyan Food system can be secured and become a development model for others on the continent,”
said Onyeka.

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