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BBC World News Horizons series explores food production in Kenya

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Adam Shaw travels across Kenya looking at ways organisations are enriching the soil to increase crop yields, for the fifth episode in the series.

Kenya relies on agriculture for a quarter of its economic output and half of its exports. While 75% of Kenyas population is employed in agricultural activities, many of them are farming less than one hectare of land. According to the UN, 80% of Kenyas land surface is threatened by desertification. Improving the quality of the soil is at the very heart of Kenyas future ability to feed its people and expand markets.

Adam Shaw speaks to a soil scientist from the World Agro Forestry Centre, local farmers and the founders of two businesses Re:char and Leldet.

The Horizons series, which is sponsored by Du Pont, airs on Fridays at 23:30, Saturdays at 08:30, Sundays at 14:30 and Sundays at 21:30 (all times GMT).

Viewers can also follow the series at www.faceook.com/HorizonsTVseries and on Twitter – @horizonsbiz.

The BBC attracts a global audience of 241 million people (2010) to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

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