TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: April 24, 2014
Like Reality TV? Watch ‘Shamba Shape Up’
Moses, Cecilia and their three kids live on their farm in Nyeri county, Kenya. They grow a variety of crops including sorghum and tomatoes. They have three cows. All this sets them up for a near-perfect life.
However, as in most other stories, there are problems. The soil on their farm is turning alkaline by the day, the cows are producing way less milk than they used to. Water- to drink, to irrigate and for the animals-- is getting more and more scarce.
Enter Tommy and Naomi. The TV hosts are travelling around East Africa on a mission to help ailing farms. They hook up Moses and Cecilia with experts who help redesign the cowshed, provide nutrition supplements to go with the cow feed, choose the right tomato seeds and set up a rooftop rainwater harvesting system. By the time they leave, the farm is much more productive and Moses and Cecilia very, very grateful.
Sounds familiar? Maybe you watched this story on TV-- Season 4, Episode 8 of ‘Shamba Shape Up,’ the sassily-named TV show that airs on Kenya’s Citizen TV channel. The show is in its fourth season, getting almost 11 million viewers every week. This compares favorably to most ‘popular’ reality shows-- such as Big Brother UK (9.2 million average), Jersey Shore (8.8 million peak) and Keeping Up with the Kardashians (4.1 million peak).
Watch Moses and Cecilia’s story on TheWaterChannel: http://goo.gl/8yQbOk For more episodes and more info, go to www.shambashapeup.com or www.citizentv.co.ke/shows
May 8, Thursday: ‘The story of introducing the Bob rainwater harvesting system in Uganda: a private sector approach’: Jon Naugle (Water4), Tom Opio-Oming, Tony Uhl (Relief international) Email email@example.com to register
May 9, Friday: ‘It’s the food, my friend’: Joel Salatin (Polyface Inc.) on low-cost farm systems More info and live webcast hosted by Rockin Soils: http://goo.gl/YdhkAb
With regards, TheWaterChannel Team