In Garissa’s arid landscapes of Abaqdera, crop farming is a budding practice. First time farmers Isnino Bile and her colleagues are excited about their accomplishments so far.
“We had our first harvest during Ramadhan (in July) and I harvested five buckets of chilies, 10 jerry cans of tomatoes, and two-and-a-half bags of maize which I sold for KES 55,250 (USD 650),” says Isnino. She expects to make about KES 100,000 (USD 1,200) by the end of the harvest. This is no small feat for a small-scale farmer in Kenya, where the average GDP per capita is under USD 1,000 per year.