Farm­ers pe­ti­tion state, donors to sup­port eco-farm­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Farm­ers have signed a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the gov­ern­ment and donors to sup­port eco­log­i­cal farm­ing, as con­ven­tional agri­cul­ture is fail­ing due to cli­mate change.

More than 30 farm­ers from Ki­ambu, Meru, Machakos and Makueni coun­ties yes­ter­day fin­ished a four-day walk, where they show­cased the ben­e­fits of eco­log­i­cal farm­ing ahead of World Food Day to­day. World Food Day cel­e­bra­tions will be held in Kil­ifi county. The farm­ers made stops in Machakos, Makueni and Nairobi coun­ties, as they ex­hib­ited their pro­duce and shared knowl­edge and seeds with their coun­ter­parts. “We call upon the gov­ern­ment and donors to lis­ten to our de­mands, to move away from con­ven­tional agri­cul­ture and sup­port eco­log­i­cal farm­ing,” reads the pe­ti­tion. It was pre­sented to the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency and The Nether­lands’ of­fices.

In­sti­tute for Cul­ture and Ecol­ogy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Martin Muriuki said eco­log­i­cal farm­ing not only supports lo­cal farm­ers, but is also con­scious of en­vi­ron­men­tal sta­bil­ity. “The farm­ers are sure that with the right sup­port, they can feed Kenyans with healthy, nu­tri­tious food that is grown eco­log­i­cally,” he said.

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Farm­ers share in­for­ma­tion on seeds dur­ing the four-day walk to mark World Food Day

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