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Climate Change Bites Kenyan Tea Farmers

InterPress Service
By Diana Omondi

Alice Muthoni picking tea in Makomboki, central Kenya. @DW/D. Omondi
Alice Muthoni picking tea in Makomboki, central Kenya. @DW/D. Omondi

NAIROBI, Nov 11 2015 (IPS) – You wouldn’t typically expect heavy rainfall and frost in East Africa. But the Earth’s climate is changing – and this is affecting one of the world’s largest tea-producing regions, in central Kenya.

For Joseph Mwangi and his wife, picking tea early in the morning has become more difficult lately. “We have been experiencing frost on the leaves,” Mwangi says. “This makes it hard to work, because the frost stings our hands,” he added.

Mwangi and his wife Alice Muthoni earn their living as tea-pickers in Makomboki, central Kenya. Due to the frost, they have had to start picking tea leaves two hours later. But this presents new problems to the couple. Continue reading Climate Change Bites Kenyan Tea Farmers

Kenyan Youths Renounce Crime to Protect Forests

All Africa

Tharaka Nithi, Kenya — Groups of reformed youths who once sold drugs and stole from their neighbors are helping protect trees in rural central Kenya from illegal loggers.

The young adults, whose previous activities were a source of community tension, now report suspicious logging to village authorities. They are also contributing to an effort to boost Kenya’s forest cover from 7 percent to 10 percent by 2030.

It has been illegal to cut down trees in Kenya’s forests since 1999, but a new constitution in 2010 extended the ban to rural farms unless the feller has an official permit.

Murithi Ntaru, a member of the Muiru Youth Reform Group from the parched village of Weru in the lowlands of Tharaka Nithi County, finds his new calling more fulfilling than his former life dealing drugs.

“This is better than when I would hide from the authorities for days as a drug peddler,” said Ntaru, 34, who has a friend in prison for narcotics-related offenses. Continue reading Kenyan Youths Renounce Crime to Protect Forests

Africa’s Senior Citizens Cornered By Poverty

InterPress Service

Despite the UN goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger globally, Africa's senior citizens are finding themselves cornered with destitution. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo
Despite the UN goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger globally, Africa’s senior citizens are finding themselves cornered with destitution. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo

NAIROBI and HARARE, Oct 21 2015 (IPS) – Kenya has made tremendous steps towards ensuring that the elderly population does not slide into extreme poverty, hunger and, consequently, premature death.

This comes a midst concerns that due to the breakdown of sociology-cultural safety nets, Africa’s senior citizens aged 60 years and above are often falling deeper and deeper into poverty and destitution.

Government estimates places the number of Kenyans aged over 60 years at two million out of a total population of 45 million people.

Beatrice Akoth, a social worker working with the needy in Nairobi told IPS that a vast majority of the elderly are often fragile, poor and emotionally vulnerable needing care and support. Continue reading Africa’s Senior Citizens Cornered By Poverty

Street families to be moved from Nairobi CBD ahead of Obama visit

A worker busy with beautification of a section of Uhuru Highway ahead of US President Barrack Obama’s visit to Kenya in July in this picture taken on June 30,2015. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP
A worker busy with beautification of a section of Uhuru Highway ahead of US President Barrack Obama’s visit to Kenya in July in this picture taken on June 30,2015. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Daily Nation
by Muchemi Wachira

Street families will be pushed out of Nairobi city centre ahead of US President Barack Obama visit for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Nairobi County Environment Chief Officer Leah Oyake on Wednesday said the county was “clearing up all these areas before the summit kicks off.”

The move is expected to improve security and attract investors.

Street families, which have taken over some parts of the city, have been blamed for attacks on motorists and pedestrians who pass near their dens.

One of their hideouts is an open ground at the Global Cinema Roundabout, along Murang’a Road.

Ms Oyake defended the ongoing beautification of the city ahead of the US leader’s visit, saying it was planned before Mr Obama confirmed the tour.

The project, she said, is part of Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan that Governor Evans Kidero launched recently.

Ms Oyake said Mr Obama’s visit has only given them the impetus to start implementing the Sh40 million project by landscaping Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road.

3,000 TO ATTEND MEET

The US president is expected to used the two roads after touching down for the summit that kicks off on July 24.

At least 3,000 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the summit.
Apart from the landscaping, City Hall is also painting pavements and planting flowers along major streets.

The work is being done by hired youth who Ms Oyake said are getting an allowance of Sh500 per day.