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Dried-up pastures push Kenya's Maasai to mix cattle with crops

Aug 02 2019

KAJIADO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - James Shakita had raised cattle for more than 30 years when he decided the only way to save his livelihood was to break with generations of tradition and swap some of his cows for crops.

'Water from air' quenches threatened girls' thirst in arid Kenya

Nov 13 2018

LOOSUK, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid part of northern Kenya, water can be hard to find, particularly in the dry season.

Power to the pupils: solar panels keep Kenya's kids in school

Jul 25 2018

KILIFI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From a mile away, the roof of Mihingoni Primary School glitters in Kenya's midday sun. The effect, though, comes not from the roof but from what is on it: a sparkling array of solar panels.

With bottle walls and a recycled ship, Kenya’s coast takes on plastic waste

Mar 12 2018

WATAMU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like many places in the world, Kenya’s coast faces challenges with waste plastic, from used shopping bags that block drains to throw-away water bottles that litter streets and wash into the sea.

Down to business: Drought-hit Kenyan women trade their way out of poverty

Jan 18 2018

MARSABIT, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Widow Ahatho Turuga lost 20 of her goats to drought early last year, but the shopkeeper is planning to reinvest in her herd once she has saved enough money.

Kitchen gardens cultivate bond between refugees, Kenyan hosts

Aug 17 2017

TURKANA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the simmering heat of the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northwest Kenya, Augustine Murenzi brushes soil off a maturing watermelon in his small kitchen garden.

Sand dams protect water for drought-hit pastoralists in Kenya

Mar 23 2017

OLENARAU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite the scorching sun, Kirinkle Saruni keeps a watchful eye on his 15 cows grazing by a sand dam.

In drought-hit Kenya, fairer sharing of rivers helps keep the peace

Mar 03 2017

NAROK, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kelena Ole Nchoe hopes efforts to share river water in the Ewaso Nyiro South basin in Kenya’s Rift Valley will help avoid the violence that has erupted elsewhere between herders and farmers as a drought crisis shrinks pasture. But he is sure there will be competition for water in the near future.

Home-grown Kenyan solar farm powers computers – and protects girls

Jan 25 2017

OLOSHO-OIBOR, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the first few residents of this village in the Ngong hills installed solar panels, nearly a decade ago, the only aim was to power their own homes, as their town had no connection to the national power grid.

FEATURE-Eco-huts attract tourists, and cash, to Kenyan herding communities

Jan 19 2017

LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Jan 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the late evening, Eunice Kaparo and Rosemary Nenini finish up their daily cleaning routine in the modern Maasai dwellings, or manyattas, owned by the Twala women's group.

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Iran says it will destroy any aggressor

Iran will pursue any aggressor, even it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran.