The agricultural history of the Republic of Keny

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Rice Farmers Battle For Their Rights
By Judith Achieng', IPS, 20 March 2000. An article favoring liberalization, suggests that Kenya's agricultural laws violate human rights by restricting access to land and food. The farmers are attempting to overthrow the Mwea tenant farmer rice growing scheme to privatize rice production, appropriating the product, land and mills.
Kenya Moves to Save Collapsing Sugar Industry
Panafrican News Agency, 6 September 2000. To pre-empt the recurrence of the sugar crisis in Kenya, parliament proposes to liberalise the sugar sector and empower farmers to take full charge of the business. One reason the country faced a sugar shortage was the low prices paid to the farmers for their produce, encouraging them to turn to other crops.
Kenya Set to Revive Cotton Industry
Panafrican News Agency, 18 December 2000. The cotton sector has been tottering on the brink of collapse following the liberalisation of the textile industry. With liberalisation, farmers started selling their crop to middlemen and abandoned their co-operative societies, and due to exploitation ended up being messed up.
Farmers Call For Food Policy
By Mwakera Mwajefa, The Nation (Nairobi), 21 December 2000. The Government should formulate a food policy to protect farmers from cartels taking advantage of the liberalised economy.
Rich Countries Betray Local Flower Industry
By Wandera Ojanji, The Nation (Nairobi), 4 January 2001. The Montreal Protocol allows the use of methyl bromide until 2015, but despite a 10-year grace period, lobbyists in the West are campigning for a boycott of crops grown with the chemical. This means that Kenyan flower farmers have to switch to alternatives immediately, although no effective alternative to methyl bromide is known.
Mining Food From Old Quarries
By Muthui Mwai, The Nation (Nairobi), 24 May 2001. Fish farming could turn the hundreds of abandoned quarries that litter the country into goldmines, generating lots of cash for the local communities. Fish would also feed on the mosquitoes that breed in the quarry pools.