We (the youth) often hear tales from our grandparents of the days when the rains were predictable, rained in sufficient amount, and drought was uncommon. In a nutshell what the grannies are trying to say, is the weather has become worse. It either does not rain for an extended period, and when it finally rains, it is too much and only for a short period of time, such that the harvest from the fields is too low.
From an academic argument, we understand this as climate change, whether is real or fake, that is something for the political and economics pundits to settle. However, agriculture business at the grass roots is not as usual.
A farmer looking to eke out a living from their farms must use new (sometimes genetically modified) breeds of plants or livestock that are engineered to flourish in the current state of climate. Coconut farmers at the Kenyan coasts make the perfect case study of agriculture innovation addressing climate and economic change.
The indigenious breed of coconut tree takes an average of six years to fully mature and starts producing the nuts. Even so, …read more