There is an increasing number of Kenyans in urban areas who are growing their own food. Urban farming saw a dramatic increase after food supply chains were disrupted during the COVID pandemic. In 2020, the government distributed seeds and farming kits as part of their “one million kitchen gardens” project to increase household food security, although it is not clear how many households were reached. In Kibera, Kenya’s largest informal settlement, groups are exploring sustainable options for farming where water and space are scarce. The “hydroponic farming” project, run by the Human Needs project and the World Food Program, grows food using less than a quarter of the water and space required for traditional farming. Having clean, pesticide-free food to eat is another motivator for those engaging in urban farming.

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