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Building a thriving farm in dry conditions

David and his wife Kavutha, have been working with Farm Africa. Living in the semi-arid region of Kitui County in Kenya, they’d watched the rainy seasons become more and more unpredictable, and their harvests start to wither.

Rainfall in Kitui is erratic, and David used to struggle to grow enough to put food on the table for their family. But after attending Farm Africa training sessions, he began to make changes to his farm, growing drought-tolerant crops and trying our new farming initiatives so that even if the rains did fail, his children wouldn't go hungry: 

“Since we have been planting drought-tolerant crops we are able to get something, even if the rains are not good. Farm Africa has taught us how to maximise moisture in the soil, such as by digging trenches. We also now know to use manure for fertiliser."

Hatching bigger profits

In a semi-arid region like Kitui, it’s important that farmers diversify their incomes. David and Kavutha have been keeping chickens, which means they aren't so reliant on having a good harvest as they're also able to sell their chicks and eggs.

With their farming businesses thriving, David and Kavutha have rediscovered their love for the farm that they’ve worked hard on all their lives. David is feeling more confident about the future:

“We have used our extra income to pay for my children’s education. I have also invested the money into our farming and have bought quality seeds, fertilisers and pesticides, which will increase the yields and quality of our harvest.

"I encourage all my children to work hard and my prayer is that everyone has a good career, although I would advise them not to forget about farming because it has brought us something. Farming is in their blood, since I was born I have always been shamba - farming is part of my life and my family’s life. When we invest well in shamba, I don’t think there is anywhere else where we could earn such a good living.”

We want to see other families growing brighter futures, and preparing their farms for changing weather patterns. Make a donation today to help us reach even more farmers in Kitui, Kenya.