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Bamboo: a 'Super Material'

Over the last couple of years, bamboo has been at the centre of discussions as the future of Kenya. It has been referred to as the miracle crop that can change the way agriculture operates in the country, bringing vast returns as well as benefits to the environment.

The truth is that bamboo’s image is undergoing a transformation. Some now call it “the timber of the 21st century”.

The crop is the new super material, with uses in textiles and construction, among others. It also has the potential to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the biggest greenhouse gas, and provide some of the world’s poorest people with cash.

Henry Burrows

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