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Kenya saw drought coming, but did little to avert food crisis

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A couple carries away relief food distributed by the Kenyan government in Baringo County on February 10, 2017. PHOTO | FILE 

By NJIRAINI MUCHIRA

Posted  Monday, February 20   2017 at  18:38

In Summary

  • As the effects of climate change become more severe, Kenya must plan to invest in long term strategies to deal with perennial cycles of drought.
  • Kenya must also find ways of water harvesting and storage, providing farmers with subsidies, expanding more land for cultivation, and investing in post harvest technologies.

As the effects of climate change become more severe, Kenya must plan to invest in long term strategies to deal with perennial cycles of drought.

In particular, the country must stop dependence on rain-fed agriculture and invest significantly in irrigation schemes.

Kenya must also find ways of water harvesting and storage, providing farmers with subsidies, expanding more land for cultivation, and investing in post harvest technologies.

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