ABN NEWS 09: DIVERSITY ISSUE

In our Diversity Edition of our ABN Newsletter, we embark on stories that exhibit the Ubuntu spirit. Such stories include a smallholder farmer who practises agroecology in enhancing food sovereignty and securing livelihood for their household. This farmer relies on neighbouring farmers for trade and exchange of seed among other practices. This seed and related knowledge surrounding it has been passed down from one generation to another, building community resilience and strengthening food sovereignty.

Across Africa, food sovereignty is being threatened by multinational corporations that subjugate the farmer through the promotion of GMOs and related technology.
These corporations court policy makers and the government to persuade them to adopt such technologies and cement them into law. Alone, the smallholder farmer is at their mercy. However, by joining forces, smallholder farmers can push back against these multinational corporations in ensuring food sovereignty for their households, their communities and the nation at large. And what happens when Sacred Natural Sites and Territories are desecrated? Calamities such as sickness, death, floods and famines can befall communities where these sites are located. And when this does happen, community ecological governance systems have to be deployed.

These sites must be cleansed to curtail the calamities that have visited the communities. This knowledge is in the custody of community elders. As spiritual leaders of the community, such elders too may be consecrated as healers and diviners to ensure that all is well in their communities. This was the case that led to the big ritual ceremony at the Nkunguru sacred natural site by Kithuri clan, Tharaka Kenya.

As always, we hope that you enjoy your read and welcome any feedback you have.