Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Small Farmers in Kenya "Dig for Survival"

September 13, 2011

When you think of the drought and famine plaguing the Horn of Africa, it's hard to imagine how to alleviate the suffering. At the foundation our focus is on addressing long term solutions that support small-holder farmers (or "small farmers"). Small farmers are, in fact, leading the way towards change.

After all, as Valerie Bemo of the foundation writes in her post on the issue, "three quarters of the world's poorest people get their food from farming small plots of land..."

Photo by Mark Tran/ The Guardian

It's why this slideshow, over at The Guardian, is so fascinating. Small-holder farmers in Kenya are using innovative farming techniques to fend off the consequences of drought - by growing drought-resistant crops, for example, and using methods to conserve water such as "drip irrigation." 

The photos, many of which feature women farmers since most small farmers are women, offer an amazing story of resilience and hope in the face of the ongoing crisis. It's well worth a moment to check it out!

 
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