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15 Nov 2018 description

by Benson Rioba

Solar-powered panels that condense water vapour in the air could be a sustainable source of drinking water in dry areas

LOOSUK, Kenya, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid part of northern Kenya, water can be hard to find, particularly in the dry season.

But a centre run by the Samburu Girls Foundation - which rescues girls facing early marriage and female genital mutilation - has a new high-tech source of it.

07 Nov 2018 description

by Kagondu Njagi

As extreme rainfall brings more landslides, farmers are turning to bamboo to protect their land - and making an income from it

MAKOMBOKI, Kenya, Nov 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lunch at Macharia Mirara's house in the village of Makomboki used to be a cheery occasion as his children chattered about their morning at school. But these days, no one is home.

04 Nov 2018 description

When a harvest is better than expected, storage facilities mean farmers keep the extra cash, rather than middleman traders

MUKOTHIMA, Kenya, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For a farmer who has repeatedly suffered poor harvests due to inadequate rains, Silas Kirimi was surprised to find himself with the opposite problem this year: What to do with last season's bumper harvest of green gram?

10 Aug 2018 description

by Isaiah Esipisu | @Andebes | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 10 August 2018 00:00 GMT

The 14-year project aims to provide refugees with sustainable livelihoods through agriculture, while helping them integrate with the local Kenyan community

TURKANA, Kenya, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan villager Ekeno Pedo never considered that golden fields of sorghum - or indeed any crop - might one day flourish on the outskirts of his village in drought-stricken Turkana county.

31 Jul 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Trafficking gangs are flourishing across Africa through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of migrants, yet nations are failing to dismantle networks due to a lack of coordination, the United Nations said on Monday.

27 Jul 2018 description

By Benson Rioba

KILIFI, Kenya, July 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From a mile away, the roof of Mihingoni Primary School glitters in Kenya's midday sun. The effect, though, comes not from the roof but from what is on it: a sparkling array of solar panels.

Mihingoni is one of eight mostly off-grid primary schools in the southeastern coastal county of Kilifi that have been fitted with a solar array.

09 Jul 2018 description

by Isaiah Esipisu | @Andebes | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 9 July 2018 02:14 GMT

Heavy rain has brought more than just flooding to the village of Gitugu: it has torn apart the very ground beneath people's homes and fields

By Isaiah Esipisu

MURANG'A, Kenya, July 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The heavy rain that pounded Kenya earlier this year brought more than just flooding to the village of Gitugu: it has torn apart the very ground beneath people's homes and fields, making the village unliveable.

06 Jul 2018 description

After a severe drought last year, East Africa was hit by two months of heavy rains, disrupting the lives of millions of people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of survivors of Kenya's worst floods in recent years are living on the brink with barely enough food to eat two months after the disaster, aid workers warned on Wednesday, calling on authorities to provide increased funding and support.

03 Jul 2018 description

by Kevin Mwanza | @kainvestor | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 13:43 GMT

By Kevin Mwanza

NAIROBI, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 300,000 Kenyans who depend on Turkana - the world's biggest desert lake - could run short of drinking water and fish if Ethiopia moves ahead with plans to construct two more dams on a river upstream, activists said.

29 Jun 2018 description

Parents can now receive up to 300 cows in bride price, up from about 30 cows during peacetime

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Child marriage is increasing in parts of war-torn South Sudan and drought-hit Kenya as parents swap their daughters for cows and goats to survive, campaigners said on Wednesday.

08 Jun 2018 description

"Basketry has not only offered a source of livelihood, but it has also opened doors for us in the world"

By Caroline Wambui

MATHIGA, Kenya, June 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sheltered by a tarpaulin from the blazing sun, a group of Kenyan women weave handfuls of dried reeds, their practiced hands turning them into exquisite baskets, mats and hats that have been sold to tourists from around the world.

07 Jun 2018 description

Worsening flooding is costing sub-Saharan Africa 1.4 percent of its GDP each year, the U.N. environment agency says

By Wesley Langat

NAIROBI, June 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When heavy rains hit Kenya's capital in March, Penina Mueni's three sewing machines went underwater.

The tailor, who repairs clothes in southern Nairobi's Makuru kwa Reuben slum, hadn't had problems with flooding earlier. But as climate change brings more intense rains, it is threatening her business.

05 Jun 2018 description

By Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Red Cross-backed recycling project aims to clean up the environment and boost refugee incomes in Kenya's Dadaab camp

DADAAB, Kenya, June 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somali refugee Adow Sheikh Aden, 32, was mocked when he started gathering empty plastic water bottles, broken buckets and old jerry cans around one of the world's largest refugee camps.

02 Jun 2018 description

Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing Africa's biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million

By Serena Chaudhry

LONDON, June 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to assist millions of people fleeing South Sudan in Africa's biggest refugee crisis face a critical funding shortfall of nearly $800 million, a top regional United Nations official said on Friday.

01 Jun 2018 description

Evictions have ceased and rehabilitation is underway one year after Africa's highest human rights court told Kenya to compensate forest-dwellers for violating their land rights

By Kevin Mwanza

NAIROBI, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's Ogiek people are optimistic of returning to their ancestral forests as the government has pledged to honour a landmark ruling ordering reparations for forced evictions, in a judgment that could impact others with similar land claims.

25 May 2018 description

By Isaiah Esipisu

ISHIARA, Kenya, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even during the dry season, Venanzio Njiru's farm stands out as a rare patch of lush greenery in this arid part of east Kenya.

The former Mombasa street hawker's fields are a mosaic of fruit trees, maize planted in water-holding pits, legumes and sugarcane.

On his two acres, in Embu sub-county in eastern Kenya, Njiru also keeps cattle, chicken, goats, and - despite the dry conditions - fish in water storage ponds.

23 May 2018 description

A farmer with at least two acres of land can earn as much as three times more with chilli than with cattle

KITENGELA, Kenya, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid stretch of Kajiado County, where worsening heat and drought have been tough on livestock farmers, Arnold Ole Kapurua is experimenting with a hot new crop: chillis.

Ole Kapurua, 29, a farmer and agronomist, now grows two acres of the fiery pods – and is training other farmers to do the same - as a way to protect their incomes in the face of harsher weather linked to climate change.

08 May 2018 description

Farmers who had never tasted fish are now raising tilapia and catfish for factories producing fish sausages, samosas and kebabs

ITUGURURU, Kenya, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's often parched Tharaka Nithi County might seem an unlikely place to take up fish farming. But farmer James Muchangi thinks tilapia and catfish might be his crop of the future as climate change brings more unpredictable weather and worsening crop failures.

07 May 2018 description

Now "we will not be gambling with our livestock. We will be very sure where the pasture and water is and we will just head there"

By Anthony Langat

ARKAMANA, Kenya, May 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During times of drought, herder Buchu Boru has to walk tens of kilometres in search of pasture for his animals - with no guarantee he will find it.

03 May 2018 description

"With this weather I can't keep cattle for more than a day."

By Isaiah Esipisu

ISINYA, Kenya, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last year David Ole Maapia nearly lost his herd of 48 cows to crippling drought in southern Kenya's Kajiado County.

To avoid repeating the experience, the Maasai pastoralist, whose culture has long rested on cattle herding, has decided to switch to something more resilient - sheep and goats.