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Drought?

 Crop failure Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Crop failure Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

 

Kenya is in a drought situation few have experienced before, with many looking at receiving food Aid. However one young farmer in drought prone Makueni County is having a different conversation – he is busy working out how to expand his farming

NO RIVER, NO WELL!!

The region (kilome) had just come from 6 straight months without a drop of rain, rains came but in a months time No More Rains. People pass by their shambas NOT wanting to look at the dry crops however this young gentleman is busy on his farm

Tomato Farming Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Drought crop Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

…he say’s

“my grandfather told me of a question his friend asked him:

‘How can water fall over your head, shoulders and onto your feet..then you start chasing after it kilometers away to pick it up after it has washed the ground to use it’?”

Current Harvest Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2017

He also asks Youth: Do any of you ever do the maths of the work you do?

To those who say it’s expensive; he  started off with the sell of a calf to set up his system of farming (No Bank Loan, No Aid Agencies..).

HIS ADVICE; It’s NOT a competition of who can do it, I’m CONSTANTLY Open to Learning to improve myself – i Do NOT know it ALL!!

*To those willing to learn how he manages to irrigate in such a Hot Dry Area without Rivers – i’m willing to train ANY Youth or Community willing to learn what i’ve learnt farming in Makueni with meagre resources..

 

 

 

 

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Games that Nature Plays – Lying low like an envelope

First, camouflaged into its environment is this very interestingly shaped Praying Mantis

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coloured the same as its environment and flabby, it more or less resembles a dirt filled spider string hanging and flapping by the wind. As you approach it

lying low like an envelope

lying low like an envelope

it lye’s flat looking dead and broken down (very easy to ignore it for a dead insect). But when challenged

Its actions reminded me of a leading Kenyans sentiment to his opponent “lye low like an Envelope”

Kilome Mineral Water

Mineral water in dry ukambani? I would have also doubted until I moved around with locals during dry seasons.
Some areas in Kenya are wet most of the year thereby providing running streams or rivers for life to continue, however in drier regions nature has provided a solution. Drier regions reserve their waters in sands and underground aquifers that slowly release the water in the form of springs filtered through porous rocks.

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Its release can be slow but consistant and where protected by communities this water has a very unique taste!
*(Should kilome’s  residents bottle ‘kilome’s spring waters’ fortified  with natural sweatness of kilomes mineral rocks?)
Journeys to these springs can also be adventurous to both those drawing water and to the animals accompanying them 🙂 

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Is there beauty outside parks?

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‘Be ye renewed in your thinking’
This never made sense until I moved to Kilome. While in the city it was an achievement to see Mt.Kilimanjaro and a privilege to see and photograph Wildllife or wild landscapes unless you went into a national park and therefore had to have means to enjoy these natural phenomena. Means here meaning being both motorable and having cash to fuel and pay entry fee.
This then means majority of Kenyans find recreation simply unaffordable, not that they do not want to partake recreation during rest. Simply put we have narrowed down options to recreation of citizens to only systems in existence and keep complaining year after year of constant numbers of travelers. The only other options being readily provided being alcohol based.
Come Kilome and I realize I don’t have to go Amboseli to see Mt Kili, it’s visible every evening there’s a warm sunset (and that’s just 1hr from the city).
Then there’s the concept it’s shagz therefore backwards and has nothing to offer even to photograph. 1st there’s bush so some Wildllife still exists,  but there’s also interesting topography and because of availability of space domestic animals tend to be free roaming and have adapted to the bush/wild environment. For example chicken have wild predators and as they roam freely have learnt survival tactic’s around these predators. Goats too have adopted to this wild habitat and at times seem to enjoy taking on extremes like the goats above that opted to use the rock wall that was almost vertical in descend to get to their watering hole. They had the option of using the side I was standing on.
This created for me a combination of a beautiful rock wall with unusual animal behavior in an environment I paid nothing to enter.
This is not Wildllife but is it a beautiful image? What would this image 1meter wide look like on a super primed camphor frame above the fire place in a ‘prime living room’? Unique …

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