[DIRAJ] Agricultural risk management; New thinking for resilience

[DIRAJ] – In Kirinyaga County, Central Kenya, Francis Mukono and a group of other local farmers have been practising organic farming for over a year now, with a bulk buyer exporting their produce to Europe at favourable prices. But when we visited his farm, it looked abandoned, overgrown with weeds and part of the cabbage crop uprooted and fed to animals. COVID-19 restrictions disrupted access to the export market and with the local market flooded, they are stuck with their produce. The experience of Mukono and his group is one that is all too familiar as risk and uncertainty intensify in the agricultural sector.