Day 1: The #Farmers4TheFuture Journey

Today, 30 farmers set off for a journey to fight for what they believe in: healthy, sustainable, profitable farming. For 4 days they will exhibit their products, share their knowledge, gather more support. Their objective? To be heard by donor agencies and governments who invest more in chemical intensive projects, instead of promoting a better food system.

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So that day was more about setting the scene, and making the initiative known. It started with a press conference where major media outlets were represented. The main message was clear: yes ecological farming can feed the word. What is needed is a change of paradigme to shift mindset, and a change of policies to support ecological farming initiatives.

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After great speeches and questions, the farmers and their partners left Thika for their first destination in Machakos county. They were welcomed with dances and good humour. They had set up a stand exhibiting their products: traditional seeds, fruits and vegetables, handcraft baskets and even small local livestock. The enthusiastic crowd celebrated good food and healthy products, and more than 200 farmers signed the letter addressing demands for support to the government.

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A good buffet of local food was much appreciated, before the convoy left for Day 2 meetings in Machakos city.

7 Comments

  • Maryline Mangenot
    Sphume Msomi

    great project

  • Maryline Mangenot
    Avice Hindmarch

    Yes! Yes!. We have enough information and expertise to do this. Bring all the disciplines together, Permaculture, Biodynamics, Agro Ecology, Holistic Herding, traditional farming… Farming is the basis of human cultural health as well as earth ecological health

  • Maryline Mangenot
    eusebio manuel vestias pecurto vestias

    The Green revolution is and will be one of the greatest achievements for developing countries To cultivate the future with organic farming to create quality and better breeding

  • Maryline Mangenot
    Allan Booyjzsen

    I am so glad that there are farmers who believe in traditional seeds for fruits and vegetables, and even feed for small local livestock.
    Buy local could make a fantastic difference to the lives all over Africa.

  • Maryline Mangenot
    Amos Adera

    This is a good move to be supported.Thank you and strive on.

  • Maryline Mangenot
    Geoffrey Cheruiyot

    I like this. This is the way to go especially at this century. Gudos for Good work.

  • Maryline Mangenot
    Wandumzi Poswa

    This is great for africa, but should consider doing it in South Africa as well

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