Growing Crops in a Drought

David Mbungi is a 68 year-old farmer living in Kenya. The land he and other farmers tend is already dry, but recent changes in climate – including scarcer rainfall – have made growing food even more difficult.

Farmers like David depend on the rainfall to water their crops, like mung beans and corn, and they depend on their crops to feed and support their families. For families living in this region of Kenya, the lack of rainfall poses the very real threat of severe hunger.

With your support, farmers are learning to grow crops, even in the driest of conditions.

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In the past, David could only grow enough food to feed his family for about half the year. After that, he would be forced to buy food from his very limited income.

But now, thanks to your help, he’s able to grow enough to eat all year — and even sell some to pay for other needs. Your gifts provide long-term, sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty for people like David.

A demonstration of “ripping” on the farm owned by Maria Kimanthi, a lead farmer with the Thange cluster of the Muungano Nguvu Yetu Community-based Organization, a farmers’ group made up of 26 clusters comprising 860 members in the Kambu area of eastern Kenya.
A demonstration of “ripping” on the farm owned by Maria Kimanthi, a lead farmer with the Thange cluster of the Muungano Nguvu Yetu Community-based Organization, a farmers’ group made up of 26 clusters comprising 860 members in the Kambu area of eastern Kenya.

One way your gifts help is by teaching farmers valuable soil conservation techniques such as ripping. This is the practice of using a tractor to dig deep trenches in the earth so that farmers can plant seeds in soil that has retained moisture, even in dry conditions. In a good rainy season, this method improves crop yields greatly. In drier seasons, it allows farmers to at least see some crop production instead of none.

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That’s just one way your support helps farmers in Kenya, and around the world, fight hunger and poverty by learning to grow food in challenging climate conditions. Your gift today can do so much more!

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Right now, farmers in David’s area are preparing for the short year-end rains. He and his neighbors will be planting crops soon in hope that the rains will arrive again in October. Your gift today will help them make the best use of all their resources to grow nourishing crops that feed and support their families!