By Caroline Mwende
Dorcas Wanjiru is a small-scale farmer from Banana, an area in central Kenya that is rich in agricultural production. When we arrive at her home, she is in the farm but quickly comes over and gladly welcomes us into her home.
It is a small piece of land; less than an acre. She lives here with her husband and four children and also carries out her farming activities here.
Central Kenya, like most highland regions of the country, has high population densities, which means the majority of the population lives on small pieces of land. There is not much land for farming and this has resulted in declining yields. In spite of this, the majority of the people still practice agriculture.
However, there is now a considerable shift from crop to livestock farming and more specifically to dairy farming.
"I mainly focus on dairy," Dorcas told us. "My two cows don’t require a lot of space and unlike my crops, with dairy, I am also assured of getting a little income every month from my cooperative."