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Farmers Embark on 4-Day Journey to Demand Investment in Ecological Farming
October 20, 2016
Smallholder farmers in Central Kenya are on a 4-day resilience journey to engage leaders and Kenyans on the ideal agricultural system that they envision for their country and the continent ahead of World Food Day.
“We, as farmers and consumers from around Kenya, call upon the Government of Kenya and International aid donors to listen to our demands, to move away from conventional agriculture and support ecological farming. Conventional agriculture has failed us and will continue to do so as climate change worsens….” reads in part a demand letter written by Kenyan smallholder farmers to the local governments of Kenya and International Aid Donors in Kenya.
The farmers say they have decided to support each other because they have not received sufficient support from authorities and donors. Instead a lot of support has gone into industrial agriculture – a fatally flawed agricultural model that places farmers in a cycle of debt as well as reliance on harmful and expensive chemicals and seeds.