A reality TV programme is providing Kenya’s farmers with vital tips; its creator wonders why rich countries aren’t doing the same
George Mungai is an unlikely TV star. The softly spoken farmer and father of six lives in a tidy compound of houses, all wood and corrugated iron, among the cool, misty hills outside Nairobi. But thanks to Shamba Shape-Up, a reality show that does for Kenyan farms what Extreme Makeover does for homes, Mungai is a minor celebrity here in Limuru.
“[The programme] has taught me to practise better farming,” says Mungai, 54, during a break from filming on a damp May day. “I’ve learned to plant potatoes well … poultry keeping, dairy farming. It has almost doubled my yields.”
For more on this story, visit: Kenyan TV show ploughs lone furrow in battle to improve rural livelihoods | Global development | guardian.co.uk.