Making Agriculture Cool by Bankalele
Kenya is traditionally been perceived as an agricultural country and a lot of government initiatives are focused on rural areas and food production. Yet trends show that Kenyan populations is getting more urban, and younger, as shown in the 2009 cencus. John Githongo wrote in this article – we have to rethink what Kenya is. Three-quarters of Kenyans are under 30 and want to live in towns, but we are ruled by farmers and trapped by land disputes.
Land is an emotive complex issue that underlies agriculture and food production. As seen with the recent Tatu City, a $3 billion new city project, to which Maina T asksabout the wisdom of using the most arable land in Kenya for buildings, on red soil which is more productive food wise.
The urban population does not grow food, has little interest in agriculture. They want to make live in cities (like Nairobi which generates over ½ the country’s GDP) and build applications for mobile phones that do A, B, C, D etc….[continue reading]
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