Wednesday, 27 July 2011
DROUGHT & HUNGER IN KENYA: BLAME YOUR LOCAL LEADER
Drought. Famine. Hunger. Starvation. Death. These sequence of events has become irritatingly too familiar in Kenya. And yet many lives still end up being at risk, with some actually succumbing. During this crisis, I just can't help but wonder how any elected leader manages to get any sleep at night.
But is it a tad too convenient to point an accusing finger at leaders? Hell no. This dire situation and how to overcome it is exactly what true leadership is all about, if not preventing it from occurring in the first place.
Is there really an acute food shortage, arising out of a severe drought, erratic weather, massive crop failure or other circumstances beyond human control? Why am I not convinced.
When it rains, you here stories of flooding, hardly any of rain harvesting. When the harvest is bumper, you here a lot about produce price wars and very little about improving post-harvest practices or construction of new storage facilities.
Again, I'm mot convinced past, the current and a future similar crisis could not and cannot be averted.
Appropriate policy formulation and long-term planning, a decade plus into the 21st Century is achievable, even in Kenya.
Below is a sample of the coverage of the current drought crisis and reactions from the mainstream and social media.