Land plus water equals food. An obvious equation, but one all too frequently overlooked. But this is the policy behind a project to Revitalise Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Since the 1980s, the lake has been rapidly turning into a swamp. As the Lake has shrunk, its fish population, and the wildlife that lived around the shores, went into a sharp decline. Soil run off from farmers’ fields is a major cause of the crisis. Not only is it choking life in the lake, but also the degraded land could no longer produce sufficient food for the local population. Their only option was to hunt and forage for anything that could be eaten. Now local farmers are being encouraged to use techniques which stop the soil being washed away. They’re already getting better yields and hopes are growing that the lake itself will one day recover.
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