Like many other African countries, Kenya’s population is exponentially growing. This has a direct impact on the food demands of the country. Kenyans’ staple food is Ugali – also sometimes called sima, sembe or posho. This is a dish of maize flour (cornmeal) cooked with water to a porridge – or dough-like consistency. This meal is eaten throughout the country but not all the country’s 47 counties produce maize. It is only in western Kenya that maize farming has thrived due to the conducive climatic conditions.

maize plantation

maize plantation

The region does not only produce maize but also many other food stuffs. As such, it has been christened the country’s food basket. This region is endowed with the most favorable conditions for agricultural production. The favorable conditions have given rise to relatively high carrying capacity for both human and animal production and a large proportion of the population here is engaged in a wide range of agricultural activities.

Cassava Plantation

Cassava Plantation

In this region, crop production covers a wide range of crops which include both cash and food crops. Besides maize, other crops grown include: sorghum (sorghum bicolor); cassava (manihot esculenta), common beans (phaseolus vulgaris); field peas (pisum sativum); potato (solanum tuberosum); finger millet (Eleusine coracna) and coffee (coffea canephora or Robusta coffee) and bananas (Musa spp).
With all these, the region is truly a food basket of the country.

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