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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
- 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
- Rich Countries Betray Local Flower
- 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.