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