Over the years I have represented those poor men and women who live in rural villages in Sub-Saharan Africa. They farm in a piece of land—land they do not own. Some rise before dawn and walk miles to collect water—if there is water to be found. Then they work all day in a field, sometimes with a baby strapped on her back.
If they are lucky, drought, blight, or pests don’t destroy her crops, and they raise enough to feed their family—and maybe even have some left over to sell. But there’s no road to the nearest market and no one to buy from them anyway. Everyone else is as poor as they are.
Now let’s consider the life of a young man in a crowded city 100 miles from that farmer. He has no job—or a job that pays pennies. He goes to the market—but the food is rotting, or priced beyond reach. He is hungry, and often angry.
These farmers have extra food to sell, and he wants to buy it. But that simple transaction can’t take place because of complex forces beyond their control.
The daily effort to grow, buy, or sell food is the defining struggle of their lives. Empowering the world’s farmers to sow and harvest plentiful crops, and ensuring that the food they produce reaches people most in need, is a global challenge that lies at the heart of what experts refer to as “food security.”
Category: Food security: Farming
Location: Kericho, Kenya