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Kenya's farmers losing out from volcanic ash

I mentioned in my previous post the impact on food exporting nations from there being no air travel around Europe. There's a story on the Guardian website indicating that around 10-15 t of freight usually comes to Europe from Kenya each day, and the lack of flights is costing $1.3 M a day.

"AAA Growers has so far donated or dumped 50-60 tonnes of vegetables including broccoli, sugar snap peas, and runner beans. Shamji said he has delayed harvesting some produce and might try to ship to Belgium or Spain. From there vegetables can be trucked to market."

Cold stores are now full so it's getting critical. Which agents are in Kenya? Is anyone is a position to get involved with helping make some solutions? Either food diversion, alternative markets, alternative employment, other ideas?

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Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 19, 2010 at 6:48am
good post- real evoking - shakwei is from kenya but dont know where she is at present maybe usa
Comment by Starling on April 19, 2010 at 7:16am
Thanks Koshy :) I will look up agents in Kenya when I get another moment at the kb. Gotta parent now!
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 19, 2010 at 7:20am
Although the immediate need is acute, I think we need to be looking beyond how to get African produce to Europe and more toward how to shift production. As you pointed out in your previous post, this may be a long term problem, and in any case air freighting fresh produce is ultimately a bad deal for us, the Africans and the climate. So the question becomes, what else can they do with the produce? Do they have facilities so that some significant portion of it can be turned into long-storing food? Can it be dried? Canned? Can charities step in to buy it for local use?

I'm starting to hunt for more information. So far, all I have is the Africa Group on Facebook's stranded passengers page. Will post anything more I find.

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