Cassava Growing for Food Security
Kenya is experiencing severe drought and acute food shortages. Michael Murigi, 3rd year PATHWAYS scholar, has made tremendous progress in introducing cassava growing to his community. Cassava is an indigenous crop that is fast growing and well adapted to the dry environment. His community would like to expand the project by purchasing a mill so that flour can be produced and food products made and sold.
Cassava is an indigenous crop that is fast growing and well adapted to the dry environment and local plant diseases. The starch filled roots can be used like potatoes or ground into flour, while the leaves can be used like spinach. Having communities, like Michael's, switch to growing cassava will not only reduce famine but increase the economic level of the people.
The long term effect of increased cassava production is reduced famine during droughts, increased economic output, and improved living conditions for Kenyans.
$5 could pay for the transportation to take 50 cuttings of cassava (drought resistant) to other communities where farmers are currently planting maize which fails in drought conditions.
The best time to visit the project would be between July and October from 9am to 3pm when very many farmers have harvested their crops for milling into flour. Many farmers opt to harvest their crop just before the rainy season, grind their tubers into flour for safe storage and this allows them to prepare their land for subsequent seasons. It takes about 2 hours by taxi from Nairobi. Please contact Michael at +254725284685 or [email protected] or [email protected].
What To Bring
School supplies including books, notebooks, pens, pencils etc are welcome.
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