The Star (Nairobi)

22 August 2014

Kenya: Hunger Fears Over Tobacco

OVER reliance on tobacco farming in Migori county might create food shortage, a local NGO has said in a report. A research by Right Hearts Against Poverty in Kenya, a local CBO based in Uriri constituency says tobacco cultivation is to blame for widespread school dropout rates and child labour.

The research sampled 1,500 farmers in tobacco growing areas in all eight subcounties in Migori county. It says more farmers will take up tobacco farming because of the current bountiful harvest.

Kevin Oketch, a lead researcher said the research was done within the month of June. "We have established that by the month of December, tobacco growing areas may face acute food shortage if the trend isn't reversed," he said. Oketch was addressing journalists in Migori town yesterday.

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