This story of a group of Kenyan farmers working to transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger illuminates the challenges, and vital necessity, of transforming Africa's agricultural sector. Africa's small farmers, who comprise two-thirds of its population, toil in a time warp, without mechanized equipment, fertilizer, or irrigation; using primitive storage facilities, roads and markets; lacking capital, credit and insurance.
But in 2011, one group of farmers in Kenya came together to try to change their odds for success - and their families' futures. Roger Thurow spent a year following their progress. In The Last Hunger Season, the intimate dramas of the farmers' lives unfold, amidst growing awareness that to feed the world's growing population, food production must double by 2050.