Herders turn to farms to stem hunger

Published on 18 January 2012

Over 85,000 farmers in West Pokot and Turkana counties (Kenya) are turning to modern crop farming to try and fill the yawning food gap in the largely arid area. (..) According to the manager of Turkana Rehabilitation Programme (TRP), Mr James Kipkan, the change of attitude has enabled most families living along rivers Kerio and Turkwel to turn to cultivation of vegetables, bananas and drought resistant crops like sorghum and millet to create wealth and help alleviate poverty in line with Vision 2030. He said TRP, in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), targets 100,000 farmers and has the potential to irrigate 75,000 acres of land.

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