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Kenya

Tasting the Sweet Fruit of Profit from Farming

Black Sigatoka may sound like the name of a rock band, but it is actually the name of a problematic fungus that reduces banana yields around ... the world by 40% every year. The government-funded Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) responded to this threat by cloning disease-free plants and distributing more than six million cuttings to farmers in Kenya over the last 10 years. As a result, banana farmers earned more than US$64m in this time period.

Kenya’s elections: Raila gets to work

Kenya's election campaign is heating up, and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is widely expected to run on the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy ... (CORD) ticket, is doing his best to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta. The governing Jubilee Party, headed by Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto, is in pole position to win next August's general election. The economy has been growing steadily, and the opposition has been unable to land many blows on issues such as corruption or weak delivery of public services.

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