Farm God’s way, reduce food insecurity, says Kenya agriculturalist

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The results were tremendous and they can now comfortably plant using this technology.”Although only a small percentage of Kenya’s total land area has sufficient fertility and rainfall to be farmed, agriculture continues to dominate Kenya’s economy. Agriculture is also the largest contributor to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP). 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