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Caroline Wambui

As coronavirus steals jobs, urban Kenyans look to their rural families

Aug 10 2020

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the last three months, teacher Faith Njeri has been a regular customer at a courier service office in Nairobi, collecting parcels sent from her village three hours drive north of the capital.

Kenya's herb farmers crushed by virus blow to exports

May 19 2020

MERU COUNTY, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For many farmers in Kenya, a bout of prolonged rain and flooding, as the East African nation has experienced since March, can wipe out a whole season of crops. But for herb grower Silas Mutuma, heavy rains often mean a year of solid profits.

Kenyan farmers battle fruit-fly menace as climate warms

Apr 12 2020

KIRWIRE VILLAGE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gideon Gitonga inspected his avocado orchard in central Kenya with military precision, revealing that some of the fruit were tinged with a worryingly familiar yellow color.

Kenyan farmers find sweet spot with nutritious, drought-hardy crop

Feb 17 2020

MAUA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A sweet scent filled the air as workers dressed in white gumboots, aprons and hats mixed ingredients and rolled out dough at a modern factory in central Kenya, the only one of its kind in Meru County.

Water harvesting has added benefit for Kenya: less flooding

Jan 03 2020

MUKURWEINI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In parts of Kenya along the Tana River, heavy rainfall has long brought inundation, landslides and losses of homes and property.

Men sweeping? Women inheriting? Rural Kenya shakes up gender roles

Oct 30 2019

ISHIARA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It's early morning and Moses Njiru 43, has an array of household chores lined up before heading to his job as a cattle broker.

Bugs and biogas: Kenyan farmers get creative to fight 'devil's' cactus

Sep 26 2019

LAIKIPIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with rakes, hoes and machetes, a group of ranchers hacked at the spiky cactus plants sprouting all over their land, chopping them into pieces and carting them off in wheelbarrows.

'Peace ambassadors' ease water conflicts in drought-prone Kenya

Jun 27 2019

MAWENI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Outside a small, secluded house in Maweni village, a group of about 150 farmers sat together in the sweltering heat to talk about a topic giving them all sleepless nights: water.

FEATURE-As large herds struggle, some Maasai try a swap to dairy cattle

Mar 13 2019

OLOMAYIANA, Kenya, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - I n this Maasai village, where cattle have long been a symbol of wealth and pride, “I hope your cattle are well” is the most common greeting among friends and neighbours.

Kenyan farmers trust tradition over tech to predict the weather

Feb 11 2019

KAMATUNGU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Mary Mbaka tended to the crops on her farm in central Kenya, she wondered if she could rely on recent heavy rains to keep them watered, or if she should be preparing for a dry spell.

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