Kenya’s rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.
If you want to help the world’s poorest, help them to farm. So says Bill Gates, and it makes sense. More than three-quarters of the poorest live in rural areas and most are smallholder farmers working less than two acres. They often lack the seeds, machinery, livestock, and finance they need to grow, so they struggle to emerge from poverty.
Two young entrepreneurs from Kenya have an idea to help: FarmDrive develops credit histories for farmers, so they become more attractive to financial institutions offering loans. So far, they’ve signed up more than 3,000 farmers on their mobile-based platform. In 2016, working with a financial partner, they helped disburse about $130,000 in loans to 400 farmers.
This week Kenya set in motion the construction of Africa’s biggest wind power farm, near Laisamis, 550km north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Continue reading… “Kenya to generate a fifth of its power with Africa’s biggest wind energy farm”
In Kibera, a division of Nairobi, Kenya, girls there don’t have much of a shot at an education. Kenya is still very patriarchal, and if a family has both boys and girls, it’s the boys who will be granted the opportunity to attend secondary school. (Photos)
Terrible hairy fly
Scientists in Kenya have located one of the world’s rarest and oddest-looking flies after a long hunt for an insect dubbed the “terrible hairy fly,” experts said on Wednesday.
“Bearded” Antelope Photo by Paola Torchio
Veteran wildlife photographer Paolo Torchio made a bizarre discovery while visiting Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve: a mysterious “bearded” antelope. While one expert suggests the animal might only be suffering from hypertrichosis, a condition once known as werewolf syndrome, Torchio’s experience is the only known encounter with such an animal.
Kenya Forest Services workers use branches to put out a fire at Karura forest in Nairobi.
Efforts to curb forest loss around the world as a means of cutting carbon emissions just got a boost: A Kenyan student has invented a device to automatically detect forest fire outbreaks.
Lion cubs from the Ol Liombo pride in the Masai Mara, Kenya
On a lazy afternoon in the Masai Mara, southern Kenya, three lion cubs are roused from their siesta. Spotting something in the grass, the inquisitive trio move in for a closer look.
Kenyan women ban sex
Thousands of Kenyan women are to go on a week-long sex strike in a bid to force an end to the country’s ongoing political bickering.
We don’t know what they are, where they came from, or what caused them
Scientists love a mystery. Biologists used to have the human genome, but now they have the structure of protein. Physics used to have cosmic rays, but now they have the God particle. Astronomers used to have black holes, but now they have dark matter. (Pics)
Store workers texting their friends
Although Africa has always had a modest middle class made up mostly of government workers or others tied to the ruling elite, the middle ranks have begun to expand in recent years with private sector employees. They include secretaries, computer gurus, merchants and others who by virtue of education, geography or luck have benefited from economic growth of around 6 percent annually in such countries as Uganda, Ghana and Kenya, and around 8 percent in Rwanda. (Pics)
Sometimes whales just get cravings for seal
Just because you run onto the beach doesn’t mean you’ll be safe from this whale. Quite amazing. Second video after the jump.