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Intensive Farming and Diversification Encouraged to Increase Productivity

The environment in which Priscah Okeng’o grew up in the 1940s to ’60s in the remote villages of Nyamira County in Western Kenya spared no child from long hours of working in the farm.

Then, there were acres of land under tea, finger millet, sorghum, sweet potatoes, bananas, sugarcane, beans and maize. Even traditional vegetables were in plenty.

Often, she said they sprouted as weeds but were well tended to for consumption.

So many years have now past and the 70-year-old mother and grandmother is in a different world of worry over the state of her food reservoirs.


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