Could you go from March to August eating almost nothing at all?
Could you subsist for five months on just tea and the hope that when harvest comes you’ll eat? Take a look at this video shot in Kenya and meet people who have been living like this for years.
These are the farm families whose lives are reported on in intimate detail by former Wall Street Journal reporter Roger Thurow, in his latest book The Last Hunger Season.
Daily reality is grim for these people. The video offers a glimpse into their world and a chance to hear them talk about their lives and their hopes for the future. We learn that in spite of their hunger some of the young ones still enjoy farming and have dreams of farming better. Others have dreams of becoming doctors and lawyers, of living lives that many of us take for granted.
Like the book, this video chronicles the experience of four hungry farmers who sign up for a self-financed programme to boost their crops and solve other practical problems. The package deal includes high-yielding maize seed, fertilizer, training and the promise of an end to their annual “hunger season.”
After seeing their faces and hearing some of their stories, it’s hard to imagine there are nearly 870 million people suffering from hunger in the same way. It’s hard not to identify with them and to recognize the urgent need to end hunger now.
The video team from Courter Films accompanied Roger Thurow during his months in Kenya. They shot this and other footage for the EndingHunger movement.