Amua (We Have Decided) – to the land of Milk and Honey

A Year on an African Farm, Food’s Final Frontier

Four Kenyan farmers, One acre of land each. One year of work, worry and hope.  If they succeed, so might humanity.

Roger Thurow on set

I was extremely interested to hear about Roger Thurow’s  (co author of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty) new documentary film (currently in production) on a year in the life of four Kenyan farmers.

“This is the story of four farm families who are struggling to improve their livelihoods through agricultural development. Like millions of other smallholder farmers who wrestle with poor soils, tired seeds and fickle rains, Leonida, Francis, Zipporah, and Rasoa live with a chronic, gnawing emptiness in their bellies. It is at its worst during the hunger season: the months when their previous harvest supplies run out and the new crop is yet to come in. In this part of Kenya 10 percent of children die before their first birthdays, mostly from hunger and malnutrition.”

See the documentary trailer below.  A shorter version of the trailer can be found here

“These four farmers have decided to try a likely – but far from guaranteed – solution. An organisation called One Acre Fund offers to help them defeat their persistent hunger with improved seeds, fertilizer, training, and market access. It is a leap of blind faith, putting their trust in new technologies unavailable in the region until recently. As we grieve for their losses and cheer for their successes hope builds for the many like them who, by feeding their families, bring the promise of food security to Africa — and the rest of the world.”

“The name of my group is Amua”, Leonida declared “ Amua means to decide. We have decided to go from misery to Canaan.”

The book

Roger Thurow is also writing the documentary companion’s book. More information on this to follow shortly.  Roger also writes a weekly blog for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Global Food for Thought. His blog entries can be found here

For more information, go to the We Have Decided website

Jo Seed, Ag4Impact

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