Kenya 's Agriculture And Economics Of Kenya

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Most people correlate Kenya to long distance runners, of the beginning of man, its plethora of wildlife, and maybe Barack Obama. However, what they may have not contemplated was Kenya’s agriculture and how it has affected the culture and economics of Kenya. “Tea, coffee, sisal, pyrethrum, corn, and wheat are grown in the fertile highlands, one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa. Production is mainly on small African owned farms formed from the division of formerly European-owned estates.” Coffee in Kenya is big business, but it is grown mainly on small farms by farmer’s co-ops working together. Looking into Kenya’s past will help to clarify how coffee became an agricultural commodity, and give insight into its beginnings. Before outsiders came into Africa, the country now known as Kenya, was a nomadic area inhabited by Cushite people. It was not until the first century B.C. when Arabic people came to the area as traders. They soon began to colonize areas along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Also in the first century the Bantu began to settle areas inland from the coast. It took Europeans over fourteen hundred more years to make their way to Kenya. Kenya was now under the rule of the Portuguese. From the sixteenth until the nineteenth century Kenya was an Islamic state, then it became a British colony. It was in the 19th century when an eastern area of Africa becomes Kenya. In 1888, Kenya comes under British rule,
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