Isaiah Esipisu

Irrigation-short Africa may get $9 billion boost to spur harvests

Oct 31 2018

UKUNDA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.

Africa's farmers need political support more than 'seeds, weather and soil'

Sep 05 2018

KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African nations will struggle to grow their economies and combat poverty unless they tie high-level political will to government action to help farmers, agricultural experts said in Rwanda on Wednesday.

Branching out: greener charcoal takes root in eastern Kenya

Aug 31 2018

MWINGI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When local authorities in eastern Kenya slapped a ban on trading charcoal earlier this year in an effort to save the region's dwindling forests, charcoal producers worried their income would disappear.

Refugees sow crops with Kenyan hosts - and reap integration

Aug 09 2018

TURKANA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan villager Ekeno Pedo never considered that golden fields of sorghum - or indeed any crop - might one day flourish on the outskirts of his village in drought-stricken Turkana county.

When the ground opened: horizontal landslides empty Kenyan villages

Jul 09 2018

MURANG'A, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The heavy rain that pounded Kenya earlier this year brought more than just flooding to the village of Gitugu: it has torn apart the very ground beneath people's homes and fields, making the village unliveable.

FEATURE-Kenya takes a look into the unknown: Its underground water reserves

Jul 01 2018

UKUNDA, Kenya, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The sparkling seas that lap the miles of sand along Diani beach have made this corner of southeastern Kenya one of the country's main tourist attractions.

Change policy to scale up climate-smart farming in Africa - experts

May 23 2018

ISHIARA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even during the dry season, Venanzio Njiru's farm stands out as a rare patch of lush greenery in this arid part of east Kenya.

In culture shift, Kenya's Maasai herders swap to goats as drought fells cattle

May 02 2018

ISINYA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last year David Ole Maapia nearly lost his herd of 48 cows to crippling drought in southern Kenya's Kajiado County.

From solar irons to shavers, off-grid power push aims to light up incomes

Jan 31 2018

KAKAMEGA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Catherine Wakhu knows the value of a lighted room to a child’s education – and also the expense.

With solar water, trees grow into a sturdy business in Western Kenya

Jan 18 2018

MASENO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a solar-powered water pump for irrigation and a quarter-acre piece of borrowed land, widow Hakima Mohammed has become a Western Kenya tree tycoon.

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