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"Thanks to the seeds I received from Farm Africa I have enough food for this season and some to sell"

Janet with her crops in Kitui district, Kenya Janet with her crops in Kitui district, Kenya

In Kenya’s Kitui district, Janet is using improved tools, training and techniques to help her whole community grow more.

Janet first began working with Farm Africa in May 2012 as part of the Muuwo Self Help Group. Unreliable rainfall and poor access to improved seeds and tools had made it difficult for farmers in the area to grow enough to feed their families. Farm Africa began working alongside Janet and the other members of the group to train them in drought-tolerant crops and water conservation techniques.

Janet Muatha

Following the training, Janet turned her plot of land into a model farm and, using the new irrigation she had learnt, planted new varieties of crops like cowpeas and mung beans, alongside more traditional crops. And when Janet’s crops began to grow, she hosted a Field Day at her farm, inviting farmers from across the district to come and see the difference that the new seeds and techniques had made.

As the Champion Farmer in her district, Janet has made sure that the training she received from Farm Africa has gone on to help many more people. And as Champion Farmer, Janet received a bicycle from Farm Africa, meaning she can now travel even further to educate struggling farmers in the best techniques to help their crops thrive.

Not only has Janet changed her family’s lives, but she’s also changing the lives of her community. Farmers like Janet ensure that our work is able to help whole districts grow better futures.