So what crop would you grow if you farmed in Kenya?

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7313.635a (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:635
  1. Angus Grant, medical officer (egrant@AfricaOnline.Co.Ke)
  1. Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Chogoria Hospital, PO Box 35, Chogoria, Kenya

    EDITOR—What would you do if you were a farmer near Kaare, a semi-arid area on the on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya?

    It's a hard life being a subsistence farmer. The cost of living is high, with medical bills, school fees (only primary education is free), let alone everything else you need. On the way to Kaare I used to drive through shambas (cultivated areas) of maize, millet, sunflower, coffee, and tobacco. I saw the seasons change: the naked fields ready for the …

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