In Kenya, farmers abandon coffee for thirsty bananas

By Isaiah Esipisu | Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:30 PM

KIRINYAGA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — After years of struggling to make their living growing coffee, smallholder farmers around the Mt. Kenya region are shifting their focus to bananas and investing in irrigation in the hopes of taking the thirsty crop to the export market.

Coffee has long been the main cash crop in the area, grown alongside maize, one of Kenya's staple foods.

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