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
Global, regional, and national statistics Cancer is a group of diseases that affect body cells in a manner that causes abnormal, uncontrollable cell division and growth. Its impact on human health and the financial burden associated with treatment has made it a significant public health challenge. It is the second-highest cause of death globally in … Continue reading World Cancer Day: How About Kicking Out those Carcinogenic Pesticides Altogether?
Every year, on 24th of January, the world will celebrate the International Day of Education, a day that the UN General Assembly dedicated to acknowledge education and its role in promoting peace and sustainable development (UNESCO, 2019). Great education is people-centered (Guo & Zhang, 2009), seeks to improve the quality of life at the personal, … Continue reading Kenya needs more innovate education in sustainable agriculture
I remember with nostalgia growing up in the village. There were many trees, lots of grass, plenty of fruits from the farm, bees, and numerous types of birds. I particularly loved the sunbird, for I found its beak amusing. Their beautiful colors and loud chirping made me very happy. Bee stings were also not uncommon, … Continue reading The threat of pollinators: What happened to the swarming insects?
Every year on December 10th, the world celebrates human rights day- a day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The document is a milestone that boldly proclaims the rights everyone is inherently entitled to as a person despite their nationality, religion, gender, property, birth and so on. … Continue reading Human Rights Day- A right to a healthy environment