GSMC funded article reports slow demise of Kenyan agricultural sector

GSMC funded article reports slow demise of Kenyan agricultural sector

Fleciah Kinyua, a farmer from Mukinduri, Kirinyaga County. PHOTO | ANNIE NJANJA SOURCE: Business Daily

Annie Njanja has published an in-depth article in the Business Daily that focused on the negative impact of imported cheap farm produce on Kenya’s agricultural sector.

Annie is a winner of a Kenya Impact Reporting Fellowship, funded by The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC). In her Feb. 27th article, Annie notes that the increase of imports in the agri-sector has led to the decrease of locally grown and supplied food, which has edged local farmers out of the competition.

Moreover, Kenyan farmers find it difficult to export their produce due to stringent importation rules in international markets, yet our importation rules remain lax. They also face mounting costs of production and increased tax on fertilisers—leading to higher-priced agricultural produce in comparison to imports.

Annie concludes that the impact of imported cheap farm-produce in Kenya has slowly contributed to the demise of the Kenyan agriculture sector. Yet the sector is one of the priorities of the current government’s Big Four agenda.

Annie, a reporter for the Business Daily, expressed her gratitude to GSMC for enabling her to research and write her report: “I want to thank (the Graduate School of Media and Communications) for the opportunity to tell this important story,” she said after the piece was published. “This is the kind of journalism I strive to practice every day.”

The Kenya Impact Reporting Fellowships are awarded to journalists who propose in-depth stories about policy issues affecting the country’s private sector. The pieces may be investigative or explanatory, and may be produced in any medium—print, broadcast or digital. Winners of the Fellowships receive up to 200,000 shillings to fund their reporting.

Selection of winning proposals is based on originality, relevance to the private sector, and potential for impact. The first round of Fellows was selected in November of 2018, and a second round will be announced in mid March.

Read Annie’s full article