Industrial agriculture – farming that involves the intensive production of livestock, poultry, fish and crops – is one of the most environmentally destructive forms of land use. It depends on mechanisation and on inputs like synthetic fertiliser and harmful pesticides and herbicides and has led to widespread contamination of soil and water. It also relies on just a few major crops like wheat, maize, soybean and rice, the seeds of which are owned by a mere handful of companies.
What if each of the eight million parcels of land in the country had crops? Experts believe this could hold the answer to the country’s perennial food shortage as one commercial farmer recently discovered.
No one deserves to go to bed hungry or worse, not have at least two square meals in a day. Sadly, chronic hunger is a reality for more than 10 million Kenyans.