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Caroline Wambui

'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.

FEATURE-Kenya's ground-down coffee farmers switch to avocado amid global boom

Jul 05 2018

MUGAMBONE, Kenya, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Steve Mbugua uprooted more than 500 coffee trees on his half-acre farm in Nyeri county eight years ago, his neighbours thought he was making a mistake.

The elderly Kenyan women weaving their way to a more sustainable future

Jun 07 2018

MATHIGA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sheltered by a tarpaulin from the blazing sun, a group of Kenyan women weave handfuls of dried reeds, their practiced hands turning them into exquisite baskets, mats and hats that have been sold to tourists from around the world.

Hit by wild weather, Kenya's herders fire up a hot new crop: chilli peppers

May 23 2018

KITENGELA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid stretch of Kajiado County, where worsening heat and drought have been tough on livestock farmers, Arnold Ole Kapurua is experimenting with a hot new crop: chillis.

No water? Parched Kenyans take up an unlikely new crop: fish

May 04 2018

ITUGURURU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya’s often parched Tharaka Nithi County might seem an unlikely place to take up fish farming. But farmer James Muchangi thinks tilapia and catfish might be his crop of the future as climate change brings more unpredictable weather and worsening crop failures.

As fruit trees fall, a hunger threat looms in Kenya

Apr 19 2018

KAJUKI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Leah Mutembei was growing up in Kajuki, a village in central Kenya, most farms were dotted with avocado and mango trees.

Tough times, tough birds: Kenyan farmers swap back to hardy chickens

Apr 01 2018

WERU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Elly Joy Kanini’s farmyard in Kenya’s Tharaka Nithi County, a few chickens perch while others peck for food, and a cock runs after a hen.

With smart crops and cash, women slash female genital mutilation in Kenya

Mar 15 2018

KAMANYAKI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Edna Kambura was only seven years old when she had "the cut" – female genital mutilation – in her village in central Kenya.

World News

Hong Kong airport faces more protest turbulence

Hong Kong braced for multiple anti-government demonstrations on Friday and a "stress test" of the airport this weekend, as weeks of protest in the Chinese-ruled city showed no signs of let-up amid rising tension between China and some Western nations.