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July 13th, 2017 / Thompson Reuters

It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu moves along rows of fruiting mango trees with a long pole in his hand, harvesting the mature fruits.

The succulent green mangoes drop inside a net tied to the tip of the pole which prevents them from falling on the ground and being damaged.

The quality of the fruit is a big concern to farmers and traders hoping to sell to the lucrative export market.

But now farmers in Nziu are benefitting from two innovations – solar-powered cold storage, and biological pest control – to help protect their harvest against the effects of climate change.

Even with the careful skills of professional harvesters like 31-year-old Mailu, efforts to access high-end markets used to be difficult for many farmers in Nziu, a village in Makueni Country, some 250 km (150 miles) from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

But the new cold storage facility, which preserves the farmers’ highly perishable fruit and stops it from going rotten before it reaches consumers’ tables, is making things easier. Read more