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The Sustainability of Agriculture

Agriculture is the most important activity on this planet as far as survival is concerned and recent reports have attributed most greenhouse gas emissions to Ag given ‘Approximately 37,000,000 hectares (91,000,000 acres) worldwide are now farmed organically, representing approximately 1% of total world farmland (2009) (see Willer/Kilcher 2011)’ Wikipedia. The rest 99% use toxic chemicalsmanufactured from oil, natural gas and God-knows-what else in the guise of herbicides, insecticides, growth hormones leading to cancer, allergies, sterility, infertility, insanity, vanity I tell you! Continue reading

Biogas Simplified

Article by Max Turunen

Then there is making biogas. An airtight container, nothing added to plant waste… but one thing more: water lock. can be made from old canisters… and old tractor inner tire-tube can store some of that burning flame gas (no, there won’t be that much of it in small scales… but some cooking and heating power anyways… and perhaps to run some small engines for short while). Same type of slurry is left…  Continue reading

How To Make Organic Fertilizer at Home

Kenyan agriculture faces huge challenges everyday…now the predicament is to do with fertilizer, there is a shortage of it and since most farmers are ignorant  lack information about organic farming and improving soil fertility by natural means like organic fertilizer, we will definitely not be able to feed the 40 million stomachs in this nation. Furthermore, we are a rain-fed agriculture nation so when the rains are erratic, more millions starve as politicians import genetically modified maize to blast the people with more cancer and disease. Continue reading

Water Insecurity Disaster

On this world water day Kenya stands at a catastrophic front given the current recent forest fires in the Mt Kenya forest which has destroyed a good part of the forest. To add salt to the wound is the fact that the media (the 4th branch of the government) has avoided broadcasting this environmental disaster, the same way they put a lid on the brutal murder of 2 AFC fans by Gor Mahia fans on Sunday…yes your government is lying to you but that’s nothing new. The worst part of this Mt Kenya Fire is yet to come. Continue reading

My Day at an Organic Farm

Today as I was busking on top of the roof of our building I saw two different styles of farming at the same time…one guy was spraying some chemicals to the tomatoes in our conventional farm (where I live) and the other side there were people applying some mulch to tomatoes in the neighbouring organic farm (In Karen there are many farmers you’d be surprised). It made me think a lot about how ignorant most Kenyan farmers are.

At the organic farm, I met the Head Agronomist we had a very good meeting and I will be developing his website where he will be selling organic seeds for cabbage, kales, tea, coffee, berries…He will also be selling compost which they have prepared 10 000 KGs of it, most target customers are ex-pats and people with lawns, small gardens and other organic farmers like us :-)

Berries

The Organic Agronomist also put emphasis on growing berries; rasp, black, blue, straw which all have a super high demand both locally and internationally and of course must be certified organic. I have always wanted to grow berries and getting good seeds and the farmer with expertise has always been the issue but I will make sure to develop his site in such a way that all of this knowledge is spread and we produce more berries because most of those in the market are imported.

Sweet Bell Peppers

I bought some yellow and red capsicum a.k.a sweet bell pepper and calling them sweet is an understatement, these veggies are so tasty if taken raw, fried or roasted with meat as in mshikaki, please do leave a comment

 

 

 

The Green Economy; How It Includes You

The Arab spring to the Occupy movement…social unrest from economic catastrophes left the world aghast in 2011 leaving many to lose faith in the current market-based economy that is in itself a self destructing time bomb in terms of natural resources depletion and inequality among men. All hope is not to be lost my friends…the green economy offers solution to several of today’s problems both short term and long term. Continue reading

AgroEcological Thinking

The way we practice agriculture today as a human race is threatening. Our idea of boosting yields is using many toxic chemicals and most recently, genetically modified foods, which is a Monsanto Long con to the human race, fiat seed, Max Keiser would call them in the Keiser report.This vicious cycle of ignorance is now haunting us as global food prices skyrocket, not as a result of lack of food, but rather control of how food is grown and distributed. Several studies have proven that using toxic chemicals is Continue reading

The ‘Organics’ Investment Case

Many of you who know me quite well know that I am a sucker for impact investments, investments not only generate a reasonable return but also come together with a ‘double bottom-line’ be it to the environment and/or society in general. The best example is like any investment that deals with green/alternative renewable energy.

I recently revised our business plan to go full organic because of the benefits of organic farming which I wrote about a while a go and also the simple fact that organics fetch a 30% premium vis-a-vis conventional crops.  Continue reading

Please Vote For Me

Hi there, this blog has been a fruit of the CTA Ardyis International youth and agriculture blogging competition. Being an entrepreneur with huge interests in agriculture and the environment, It was inevitable for me to start an agriculture blog and now I need your vote to proceed to the next level.

I believe I have what it takes to become an influential member to the youth and older people and steer them towards sustainable agribusiness and healthy living in general. Apart from the prize money (1500 Euros 1st prize), the CTA Ardyis guys will also involve winning bloggers with further projects that involve the youth and agriculture, in a bid to fight food insecurity in Africa and the World.

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME HERE

ANTHONY MWANGI; YOUNG AGROPRENEUR (the link is in the middle of the page if you are having trouble finding it :-) thanks and God Bless

Of PCBs, Doxins, GMOs and Monsanto

Just last week I had a GMO-related spat on twitter with a so-called professor, @calestous. He was of the opinion that biotechnology, mostly genetically engineering of food, could save the world (especially Africa) from global hunger, but he works for the same government that was the first to legalize GMOs, so I was not surprised to read his article about this BS. Continue reading

Kenya Shilling Weakness Effect

The Kenya Shilling is the most volatile currency in the world, as well as the worst performing one. Just a month ago our local unit reached a record low of 107 to the greenback. Sometime in 2008 it was USD/KES 61, a 75% depreciation, surely something went wrong. Everyone is affected, some positively but the majority are negatively affected by this steep decline in value of our local unit. Continue reading

Interest Rate Hikes and Agriculture

Kenya’s monetary policy is in a fix, once again. The MPC committee decided to hike rates by a surprising 550 basis points, from 11% to 16.5%. and the cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 50 basis points to 5.25 percent points. This is after raising the CBR by another 400 basis just one month ago. The CBK governor said that they did this as a measure to curb inflation and foreign exchange volatility. As @Alykhansatchu put it, “This was essentially a quid pro quo for the $250m IMF top up”. We are essentially over-reliant on the west for donor support and debt and it is hurting our economy significantly. Continue reading

Water Insecurity, A Crisis Ahead

100 years ago, planet earth was occupied by 1.5 billion people, today it’s crowded by 7 billion humans, all dependant on the finite resources that compliment our planet. Hold that thought; the same planet earth has one-third of it’s land mass under desert and the rates of desertification are growing fast. In Africa, the Sahara is reported to be increasing by up to 50 kilometers/30 miles a year, chewing up the Congo forest like nonsense and the Kalahari is also growing fast towards north and if these two deserts meet, we are doomed. Continue reading