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'Green gold': Kenyan farmers abandon food crops to grow herbal stimulant

Aug 12 2019

KANYUAMBORA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At this time of year, Albert Njeru's farm would usually be blanketed with shoulder-high rows of maize.

As fuel prices rise, firewood rustlers vex rural Kenya

Jul 14 2019

MUIRU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lucy Muthoni has never liked dogs. But these days, a pair of mean-looking hounds tail her as she makes the rounds at her farm in central Kenya.

Clashing tribes and shrinking grassland as Kenyan airport sparks property boom

May 15 2019

ISIOLO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting on a roadside boulder at the edge of Kenya's Isiolo airport, six young men engage in a friendly argument over what speed an airplane reaches on takeoff.

Voice of resilience: Kenyan radio builds herders' trust in drought insurance

May 13 2019

ISIOLO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It only lasts about two and half minutes, but the brief message Asma Mohamed broadcasts on her daily radio show has become essential listening for more than half a million herders in northern Kenya.

The tree helping Kenyan farmers beat drought and poverty

Mar 25 2019

KIBWEZI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Worried that a drought could wipe out his crops back in 2000, farmer Jonathan Kituku Mung'ala remembered meeting agricultural customers, in his previous job with Kenya's power company, who were making good money growing a hardy, native tree.

Hands off! Kenyan slum dwellers unite to protect city dam

Feb 26 2019

KIBERA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is Friday morning, and the southeastern fringe of Kibera slum comes alive as teams of women and youngsters converge on the edge of the Nairobi dam.

Watch your step: Kenyan herders mark out disease-free grazing routes

Feb 19 2019

LOSIRIEN, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The morning calm of Losirien valley was broken by a cow bell tinkling as Benjamin Kerei led his herd of about 50 animals down a parched trail alongside a dry riverbed in southwest Kenya.

Savings but no title deed? Loans help Kenyan women turn idle land into gold

Jan 08 2019

TULUROBA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the women of Tuluroba village's self-help group, the goal was simple: use their combined savings to buy cattle, fatten them and sell them to the beef industry for slaughter.

Solar-pumped water slakes rural Kenya's thirst for development

Jan 04 2019

MARIMANTI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Stooped over knee-high rows of green gram plants at her farm in eastern Kenya, Grace Kaari hums to herself as she slices out weeds with a blunt machete.

Kenya's Maasai zone grazing land to keep off property developers

Nov 26 2018

KAJIADO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five years after Naponi Taiko's husband died, his relatives chased her and the couple's two children off their parcel of land in southern Kenya.

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