Kenyan Farmers Abandon Food Crops For ‘Green Gold’

As drought and erratic weather wreak havoc across rural Kenya, a growing number of farmers are reportedly abandoning traditional crops like maize and rice for the more lucrative muguka, a potent legal stimulant that relieves fatigue. Muguka is fast-growing, making it less vulnerable to changing weather conditions, using about half the water that maize crops require, according to muguka farmer, Albert Njeru.


Joshua Mugo and one of his employees tend to muguka crops in Gachuriri, a village in central Kenya, August 9, 2019.

Joshua Mugo samples freshly picked muguka leaves in Gachuriri, a village in central Kenya on August 9, 2019.

Boniface Runji waters muguka in Gachuriri, a village in central Kenya, on August 9, 2019.

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