Kenyan farmers' settlements undermining forests

06/29/2009 | Financial Times (free content)

Subsistence farmers encroaching on the Mau forest are threatening to undermine Kenya's drainage basin, which is ecologically crucial to Kenyan farming, rivers and wildlife. Since the 1990s, some 30% of the Mau has been cleared to make way for farmers planting wheat, tomatoes and cabbage. Downstream river flow, diminished as a result of the forest clearing, exacerbates droughts already made severe by global warming.

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