A week ago today I was invited to witness first hand a major market clean up activity at the Korogocho market. What made this event unique was that part of the labor force doing the clean up work consisted of five beautiful lasses who are competing for the Miss Tourism Nairobi title. Now, every time you hear of beauty pageants, what comes into mind? A set of girls dolled up with tons of makeup and flashy outfits walking down a runway, right? Or better still I know you are conjuring images of young girls sitting gracefully in a make up parlor having pedicures while someone else fusses with their hair. Hey, whatever girly thing beauty pageants do…what I witnessed this past Friday was a sharp contrast to my vivid and heavenly imagination of the ideal surrounding of beauty queens. If you have been to Korogocho Market (it was my first time being there), you know how it looks.

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By Titus Mutua

For many of us, tourism has always been about animals… the wilder beast migration, the Tsavo and Mara, the big five... Few would ever think that there was any connection between agriculture and tourism.

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Agriculture and nutrition are two major components of food systems and this is the reason why Farm Concern International (FCI) is developing innovations to link the two, as it is evident that to have a wealthy and healthy community agriculture and nutrition cannot be mutually exclusive. Malnutrition continues to be a major challenge in Africa and many other parts of the world with majority of those affected being communities in rural areas, among them thousands of farming communities.

Agriculture in Africa lays emphasis on increased production through good farming practices with little or no attention paid to nutrition aspects. Developing innovations to link the two has been FCI's main objective in ongoing interventions. FCI has been in the forefront to:

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Against the backdrop of the African Green Revolution Forum 2012 in September, Farm Concern International (FCI) was privileged to host two eminent guests in Mbuguni, Tanzania, a Cassava Village Processing Programme (CVPP) site which is implemented with the support of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
FCI Director for Strategy and Innovations, Mumbi Kimathi shares her insights into the encounter with Kofi Annan, the Chair of AGRA and Melinda Gates, Co –Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kofi Annan and Melinda Gates have a deep and genuine interest in the status of the poor, in particular the smallholder farmer who is the key focus of FCI's commercialization and market development interventions in Africa.

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FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond