Understanding Biodiversity The term nature represents different concepts to different people around the world. To some, nature represents mother earth, ecosystems, and while to others it is biodiversity. Nature and its immeasurable contributions to mankind are crucial for the existence of humanity, and for good quality life. With the rising population and increasing urbanization, there … Continue reading International Day for Biological Diversity: How do we sustainably reverse biodiversity decline?
It’s World Bee Day! For a moment think about how the world would be without bees, say if they suddenly became extinct. To most people, bees are only associated with bee stings, honey, and wax Bees sting us when we get too close for their comfort, and bees are wonderful because they give us honey- … Continue reading World Bee Day: For Present and Posterity’s Sake, We Must Protect Bees Vigilantly
Every now and then I reminisce growing up in the village and many memories flash through my mind. Back then as kids, we were always amused by wild animals and birds in our farms, which were of various varieties and sizes. There were more trees than I see nowadays, and when it rained, people would … Continue reading Happy Permaculture Day! Celebrate Permaculture as a solution for the problem
The earth is breathing You have probably seen a couple of photos trending on social media with the tag “The earth is breathing”. These photos, most of them showing a view of Mount Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s and Africa’s tallest mountains respectively being seen from places one would not have imagined have been remarkable. … Continue reading Happy earth day! How shall we hand over a livable earth to the next generation?
Food Diversity We are presently at a challenging time in history as the world is fighting a catastrophic pandemic- the coronavirus. As we take the necessary precautions as advised by the ministry of health, food remains the closest ally in a time of need. The advice we can read everywhere also includes starting or … Continue reading World Health Day: How diverse and safe food helps us to stay healthy
For a very long time, Autism has been unrecognized in Kenya as many communities are unable to identify it as a medical condition. For this reason, autistic children have often been isolated and ill-treated because they are said to be possessed by evil spirits. While genetics has been identified as the greatest risk to autism, … Continue reading World Autism Awareness Day: Can autism be caused by the food we eat?
Have you ever sat to imagine how difficult life would be without fresh water? For many people water is just like air; we use it, we need it, but we do not fully understand its worth. That is why it is pretty common to find individuals, corporations or government institutions releasing factory effluent or raw … Continue reading Happy World Water Day: Not only water quantity but also water quality is important for food security
For people living in urban centers in Kenya, all food has to be bought unless one has access to a garden. This is where mama mbogas come in; a popular Swahili term used to refer to women who sell fruits and vegetables in small stalls in towns and residential estates. Others even sell fried fish … Continue reading International Women’s Day: Empowering Women in Agriculture for a Prosperous Nation
Kenya boasts of a diverse variety of wildlife that includes many animal and plant species. Wildlife watching attracted over 2 million tourists in Kenya in 2018, earning the country 158 billion shillings, according to the ministry of tourism. While wildlife is generally highly protected in Kenya through strict anti-poaching and anti-hunting policies, the human-wildlife conflict … Continue reading World Wildlife Day: How pesticides impact on wildlife
I was privileged to be born and raised in a village where women were allowed to own farms. Though a fairly uncommon practice, I saw many women’s lives uplifted as they grew crops, sold them, build decent homes, and took their children to school. On 10th June 2008, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the … Continue reading World Day of Social Justice: Adding the Unique Ingredient of Social Justice to the Bland Broth of Kenya’s Agriculture Sector