Millions of people in East Africa suffer from “hidden hunger” – the inadequate supply of the vital vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy life. While this challenge is quite prevalent, Kenya’s agricultural biodiversity could contribute significantly to the resolution of the problem. Many Kenyan farmers in the western and central regions of the country have recently started to resurrect this natural capacity by growing almost forgotten African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs). These vegetables can be an important element of a wholesome diet and thus hold the potential to alleviate hidden hunger, as well as to contribute to the income generation for smallholder farmers affected by poverty.
This film shows why these fascinating species are the most appropriate to contribute to the food and the nutrition security in Kenya. It also demonstrates how AIVs are promoted, researched and distributed through the new German-Kenyan cooperation project HORTINLEA.