Moses Munyi's son Anthony Muriithi harvesting avocados.
Photo: F. W. Munyi


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A focus edition on family farming would hardly be credible without giving the family farmers themselves an opportunity to speak. We talked to Moses Munyi, the owner of a six-hectare farm in Embu, Kenya, about his everyday life and about his views of the prospects for farming in the future.

Mr. Munyi, does the expression “family farming” mean anything to you?

The expression itself doesn’t. But I have read some reports on how boosting small-scale farmers could help especially in the attempts by the government to curb urban immigration.

Have you always been a farmer?

I grew up on a farm, so farming has always been a big part of my life, as well as of that of my whole family. I have 13 siblings, and each of us has got his or her own farm. And although the sizes may vary, we all cultivate tea and coffee and rear livestock among other food crops. Each of us received a piece of land from our late father in accordance with our traditions. But the responsibility to turn that piece of land not only into a farm but also into a home was left on our hands. Since I retired from civil service eleven years ago, I have been a fulltime farmer.

What does a normal working day look like on your farm?

Here, every day is a working day, whether we are in the fields or not, there is always something to do.

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