It's been awhile, and I'm glad to be back; I've been debating with myself how personal to get on my blog...it's a thought in progress, but as you see at the top this is a heads up: it's a heads up to an organisation called the Africa Research Institute. It's main remit is to highlight succesful ideas from Africa. A few days ago, I attended the launch of their most recent report, about the success about small scale horticultural farmers in Kenya, at which the most wonderful man, Dr. Stephen Mbithi Mwikya, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya, spoke eloquently about the challenges and successes they've achieved. This is a succesful industry without government support, and in which the highest volume of trade is inter-african. An admirable success story.

Read the report on the ARI site - it's good.

The ARI is a much needed organisation, which deserves more publicity than it is receiving; however, long may it continue.