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Less water, no soil, more fodder: Kenya farmers beat drought

Feb 09 2018

TIMAU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Braving the midday sun, Kenyan farmer Jane Njoki carries trays of lush, green sprouts to feeding troughs as her cows moo impatiently in a nearby shed.

Solar roof tiles offer tech boost for Kenya's rural classrooms

Aug 25 2017

MURANG'A, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mid-morning at Gaitheri Secondary School in central Kenya's Murang'a County, and students are busy with their daily routine, as at any other school. But their establishment is different - boasting a better power supply than most rural classrooms.

Rural Kenyans protect wetlands to curb water scarcity

Apr 19 2017

BUSIA, Kenya, April 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a hoe and Wellington boots, George Wandera planted bamboo seedlings in neatly dug holes along the banks of a stream on his farm that feeds a nearby lake in western Kenya.

Kenya learns to cook with solar power – even when the sun doesn’t shine

Apr 10 2017

BUSIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this sunny part of Kenya, solar cookers – which trap sunlight to heat food – have surged in popularity in recent years. But a big problem remains: How to cook when the sun doesn't shine?

Medicinal plant gardens prescribed to cure Kenya's health woes

Mar 28 2017

BUSIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colletta Anyango saunters around a large, well-kept garden, carefully identifying and plucking the leaves of plants ranging from herbs and vegetables to fruit bushes and trees. Some have shed their leaves in defense against the dry weather typical of western Kenya early in the year, while others are lush green.

Kenyan women step up fight for land destined for coal mine

Jan 17 2017

KITUI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Kenyan government announced five years ago that coal deposits had been found in the Mui Basin, a land of rolling hills and pristine forests east of Nairobi, local farmers hoped the discovery would help transform their livelihoods.

Irrigation on rise in Africa as farmers face erratic weather

Sep 09 2016

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing a surge of interest in irrigation among small-scale farmers as climate change brings more erratic weather and as rising populations in countries from Nigeria to Kenya mean demand for a reliable harvest is growing, agriculture and water experts say.

As pastoralist land shrinks, Maasai women take livestock lead

Jul 26 2016

ENAIBOSHO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a cold afternoon, three women are gathering dry grass and feeding it into a hand-operated baling machine. In no time, a bale of hay emerges and is hefted onto a waiting pile partially covered with plastic sheeting.

Poisoned chickens crack clean energy glass ceiling in Kenya

Jan 19 2015

MAIMAHIU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not many women are clean energy entrepreneurs in Kenya. But poisoned chickens turned Lydia Waithera into one.

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